Played in 14 games with 13 starts … finished third on the team with 77 tackles (57 solo) … had 5.5 tackles for loss, one interception, two forced fumbles, three pass breakups and one quarterback hurry … named honorable mention All-Big 12 … started in the defensive backfield against Maryland while totaling nine tackles (five solo) with one for loss … started at safety against Tulsa and made five solo tackles and had a forced fumble … had one solo tackle and a pass breakup in the win over USC … had seven tackles (five solo) to go along with a TFL and a QB hurry in the win over No. 17 TCU … had six tackles (five solo) in the Longhorns’ 19-14 road win over Kansas State … had six tackles (four solo) in the win over No. 7 Oklahoma … totaled six solo tackles, a TFL and a pass breakup in the 23-17 victory over Baylor … had six tackles (five solo) in the 38-35 loss to Oklahoma State … recorded seven tackles (five solo) and a forced fumble in the 42-41 loss to No. 12 West Virginia … had seven tackles (five solo) including 1.5 TFL and a half sack in the 41-34 road win over Texas Tech … had three tackles and a pass breakup in the 24-10 win over No. 18 Iowa State … had four tackles (three solo) including a TFL in the 24-17 road win over Kansas … had seven tackles in the Big 12 Championship Game against Oklahoma … had three tackles and an interception in UT’s 28-21 win over Georgia in the Allstate Sugar Bowl.
Selected as a team captain prior to the season … played in nine games and made eight starts … played in the first eight games of the season, making seven starts, before an injury forced him to miss the final four games of the regular season … returned to start at safety in the bowl game … totaled 39 tackles, two pass breakups, a QB hurry and a forced fumble … started and made three tackles and had one pass breakup in the season opener against Maryland … started in a 56-0 win against San Jose State, helping the Longhorns’ defense to a shutout of the Spartans … had three tackles (two solo) and a tackle for loss in a double-overtime loss at No. 4/4 USC … started at nickle back and totaled three solo tackles in the Longhorns’ 17-7 win to open Big 12 play at Iowa State … totaled four tackles (two solo) in UT’s 40-34 victory in double-overtime against Kansas State … had six tackles (three solo) in the AT&T Red River Showdown … started at nickle back against Oklahoma State … recorded a career-high eight tackles and a season-high seven solo tackles … helped hold the No. 10/11 Cowboys to season lows in passing yards and total yards … started and had five tackles (two solo) in the Longhorns’ 38-7 victory at Baylor … recorded 1.5 tackles for loss … returned from injury to start at safety in the 33-16 Texas Bowl win over Missouri … totaled seven tackles with a forced fumble, pass breakup and quarterback hurry … named preseason All-Big 12 by Athlon Sports in 2017.
Played in all 12 games and made nine starts at nickelback … starts came against Notre Dame, Cal, Oklahoma, Iowa State, Baylor, Texas Tech, West Virginia, Kansas and TCU … recorded four tackles in the season-opener versus No. 10 Notre Dame including career-highs of one sack and 1.5 tackles for a loss… had six tackles, one for a loss of four yards, against UTEP …played against California with four total tackles … had one tackle against Oklahoma State … recorded four total tackles against OU (two solo, two assist) … had two solo tackles against Iowa State … had one solo tackle against Kansas State … recorded his first career interception and fumble recovery in a 35-34 win over previously-unbeaten No. 8 Baylor … had four total tackles against Texas Tech, two solo and two assists … also had one broken up pass … started against West Virginia and accumulated four tackles, three of them being solo … had one tackle for a loss of one yard … also had one interception … had two solo tackles against Kansas … also had three pass break-ups … totaled four solo tackles and a pass breakup against TCU.
Played in all 12 games on defense and special teams with one start against Baylor … recorded 14 tackles (10 solo), including one TFL, one PBU and one forced fumble … collected four tackles against Cal … had one tackle and one PBU at TCU … registered two solo tackles versus Kansas … made his first career start and posted season highs of seven tackles (five solo), one TFL and one forced fumble that led to a TD drive for a 17-0 lead at Baylor.
Coached by Toby Foreman at Central High School … an all-state and two-time all-district honoree … a three-year starter who played safety, linebacker and cornerback … selected as a finalist for the 2014 Defensive Willie Ray Smith Award, honoring the top high school player in the Beaumont area … named first-team 5A All-State by the Texas Sports Writers Association and second-team by the Associated Press in 2014 … tabbed Defensive Player of the Year and first-team All-District 22-5A … chose first-team Super Gold by the Beaumont Enterprise … ranked No. 25 safety nationally and No. 68 overall in Texas by 247Sports … ranked No. 36 safety nationally and No. 78 overall in Texas by ESPN … rated No. 46 safety nationally and No. 90 overall in Texas by Rivals … rated No. 77 CB nationally and No. 87 overall (No. 9 CB) in Texas by Scout … placed No. 34 on the Fab 55 by the Austin American-Statesman … ranked No. 6 safety in the state by Dave Campbell’s Texas Football … registered 62 tackles and seven interceptions, including one for a TD, and 10 pass breakups as a senior … part of a defense that allowed 22.1 points per game, including five games of 14 points or fewer … helped Central to an 8-4 record, including a 6-1 district mark, and an appearance in the 5A Division 1 bi-district playoffs in 2014 … named 2014 preseason second-team Super Team by Dave Campbell’s Texas Football … selected first-team All-District 20-4A as linebacker in 2013 … missed four games due to injury … recorded three interceptions as a junior … part of a defense that allowed 22.0 points per game … helped Central to a 6-5 record, including a 5-2 district mark, and an appearance in the 4A Division 1 bi-district playoffs in 2013 … selected second-team Academic All-State in 2014.
Born in Beaumont, Texas … full name is James Abner Locke III … parents are Ramona and James A. Locke Jr. … father is a constable and played defensive back for Oklahoma State … mother is teacher and coach in the Beaumont school district who played point guard on the Lamar basketball team … a member of the AB honor roll all four years of high school … graduated magna cum laude from high school, maintaining a 3.85 GPA … ranked No. 21 in his high school graduating class of 375 … member of the Antioch Missionary Baptist Church in Beaumont … likes to play video games and considers himself a gym rat … majoring in applied movement science.
All-purpose yards: 22, vs Georgia, Jan. 1, 2019
Interceptions: 1, vs Georgia, Jan. 1, 2019
Long interception return: 22, vs Georgia, Jan. 1, 2019
Tackles: 9, at Maryland, Sep 01, 2018 (5-4); vs Maryland, Sep 01, 2018 (5-4)
Sacks: .5, at Texas Tech, Nov 10, 2018 (0-1)
Tackles for loss: 1.5, at Texas Tech, Nov 10, 2018 (1-1)
Fumbles forced: 1 [t-5th], West Virginia, Nov 03, 2018 ; Tulsa, Sep 08, 2018
Pass breakups: 1, Iowa State, Nov 17, 2018 ; Baylor, Oct 13, 2018 ; USC, Sep 15, 2018