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March 25, 2009 at 9:33 AM

The Top 10 Huskies — Number Five

We continue the countdown with our first offensive lineman — guard Ryan Tolar, who checks in at No. 5 on our list.
Tolar’s the quiet man of the Husky O-line, a player who was usually eschewing our interview requests even before almost all of the linemen last year decided to go silent.
But he shouldn’t be ignored.
The Pasco native was a rising star as a redshirt freshman in 2007, lots of people saying he had as much potential as anyone on that O-line, which helped the Huskies rank second in the Pac-10 in rushing.
Then he missed last spring after having shoulder surgery and when he returned in the fall he was being asked to fill-in as a backup at center as well as compete at guard. The result was he spent the early part of the year as a backup at all three inside spots before Casey Bulyca was lost for the year after five games. He then started the rest of the season at right guard — though by that point, the season was a lost cause and hard to really judge much of what anyone did the rest of the way.
But assuming he is fully healthy now and able to have a complete off-season of conditioning and weight training, one would think he could pick up more smoothly where he left off in 2007.
Tolar’s temperament also seems a perfect fit for UW’s new hard-nosed O-line coach, Dan Cozzetto, who like Tolar is an east-of-the-mountains native (Spokane).
With Juan Garcia and Jordan White-Frisbee gone, this team is going to need some leaders in the middle of the O-line and Tolar seems the perfect candidate.
Certainly, nothing will be as vital to UW’s rebuilding efforts as reviving the O-line, which might have been the most disappointing unit of the team last season taking into accounts its lofty pre-season expectations, and Tolar will be a key part of that the next two years.
PREVIOUS ENTRIES
Number six — FB Paul Homer
Number seven — LB Trenton Tuiasosopo
Number eight — LB E.J. Savannah
Number nine —- TE Kavario Middleton
Number 10 — DE Everrette Thompson.

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