Locker ready to make 1st NFL start at Tampa Bay

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Jake Locker finally makes his first NFL start Friday night against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and he's definitely looking forward to something he expects to be a lot of fun.

The Tennessee Titans just hope he plays well enough to make take the decision on their starting quarterback out of their hands.

Coach Mike Munchak says the Titans are running out of time to pick between Locker, the eighth pick overall in 2011, and veteran Matt Hasselbeck, who led Tennessee to an unexpected 9-7 record last season. The Titans have been splitting the work in practice between the quarterbacks, and now it's Locker's turn for a start in the second preseason game.

Munchak says they feel good about a decision that could come within a couple days after this game.