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March 25, 2009 at 5:17 PM

The Top 10 Huskies — Number Four

May have been easy to forget, or never even remember in the first place, but the Huskies did have a player lead the Pac-10 in a positive statistical category last year — Mason Foster in tackles.
A cynic might argue there were an awful lot of tackles to be had (though the reality is two other teams in the Pac-10 actually had more offensive plays per game run against them than did UW — Cal and Oregon).
Still, Foster was there to make a lot of them, 105 in 12 games, an average of 8.8 per game that was the best in the conference last year, and good enough to rank him fourth on our list of best Huskies heading into spring football.
Foster was also ninth in tackles for loss with 12, which also led the Huskies.
It was a breakout season for Foster, who moved into the weakside linebacker spot that had previously been occupied by E.J. Savannah and was one of UW’s few consistent players all season — and one of only three defenders to start every game.
Savannah’s return not only adds another player to an LB corps that shapes up on paper as the strength of the defense, but also gives the new coaching staff a lot of options for the rotation. But Foster figures to remain a fixture in it no matter how it all unfolds.
His performance last year also marks him as one of the better recruiting coups of a Tyrone Willingham era that was pretty vacant in that area. He was a two-star recruit by Scout.com in 2007 and not considered among the top 100 players in the nation at his position, getting minimal interest from other Pac-10 schools.
But former UW OC Tim Lappano, who recruited the northern California area for UW, saw Foster playing quarterback, running back and linebacker for Seaside High and decided on the spot to start recruiting him — Oregon apparently made a run late after Foster committed, Lappano said last year.
The new coaching staff will undoubtedly be glad Lappano was able to keep him in the fold.
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Number five — OG Ryan Tolar
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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