The Tennessee Titans on Monday afternoon announced Jake Locker will be their starting quarterback for the upcoming season.
Coach Mike Munchak offically announced the decision after practice Monday.
Munchak said he believes Locker will give the team the best chance to win the AFC South.
"We take all into account and we feel his time is now. He has proven that to us. We feel that he has had a very good camp. By no means was this job handed to him, he has earned it. We're excited for him," Munchak said.
Locker was the team's first round pick in the 2011 NFL Draft and competed with veteran Matt Hasselbeck for the starting job.
Locker called Monday's announcement "a dream come true."
"It's really cool and is something that I am really proud of," Locker said. "Like I have told you guys a million times, it's not going to change how I approach practice. It's not going to change how I approach my preparation for a game."
Quarterback and 15 year veteran Matt Hasselbeck added that he supports Muchak's decision.
"I think it's more about Jake and his development as a player and more of a compliment to the progress he has made. It's hard to hear, but I am also excited for him and excited for the opportunity that he has," he said.
The Titans are 1-1 in the preseason and take on Arizona at home Thursday night. Kick-off is set for 7 p.m.
The team opens the regular season at home against the New England Patriots on September 9.
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