Derrick Locke drafted in UFL's ninth round

May 3, 2011 

Kentucky s Derrick Locke was dragged down in the second quarter by Florida s Justin Trattou,94, holding him to 49 yds in the first half as Kentucky played Florida on Saturday September 25 , 2010 in Gainesville, Florida. Photo by Mark Cornelison | Staff.


Former Kentucky running back Derrick Locke finally got drafted, just not by an NFL team. Locke was picked in the ninth round of the United Football League's draft on Tuesday by the Omaha Nighthawks. Locke, a 5-foot-9, 190-pound speedster, wasn't selected in the NFL Draft last week after rushing for 887 yards and 10 touchdowns in his senior season despite missing four games because of a shoulder injury.

"Derrick is an extremely explosive player at the running-back position," Nighthawks General Manager Rick Mueller told ESPN. "He is an electric runner, an outstanding receiver out of the backfield, and would be a great addition to our football team."

Omaha also drafted former Mississippi quarterback Jeremiah Masoli in the eighth round. The UFL will play its third season starting in the fall, but schedules have not been announced. Some of the five-team league's games have been broadcast on Versus.

Former Louisville offensive lineman Kurt Quarterman (2002-07) was the first pick in the second round by the Hartford Colonials, who are led by former Atlanta Falcons coach Jerry Glanville.

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