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March 27, 2009 at 9:34 AM

The Top 10 Huskies — Number One

So who’d you think it was going to be, one of the walk-on kickers?
Okay, the countdown admittedly lacked drama at the end — kind of like most NCAA Tournament games so far.
But despite playing only four games last year — and playing every play of one — QB Jake Locker remains the most valuable, the most talented, the most important, the most whatever else you want to throw out there, Husky.
In fact, to me it’s the one game where he was healthy and did play every play last season that underscores the point — the BYU game, the one time the Huskies seemed to show some real fire from start to finish and obviously almost pulled it out at the end.
Even in the muck of an 0-12 season that game clearly illustrated what Locker can do — he was 17-32 passing, hitting short passes (Kavario Middleton had four catches) as well as deep (a 48-yard TD to Jermaine Kearse). He also rushed for 62 yards on 18 carries — probably more than the new coaches will want going forward. Most telling was the last-minute drive to score, as well-played a final drive as UW has had in years.
There’s still massive room for improvement in the passing game, but there’s also reason to think he’s going to get a clearer vision from the new staff of what he should be doing — and simply being in his fourth year now should also help. He’s said to be just about 100 percent heading into spring — if he’s not, at least we’ll know about it, unlike last fall, when I think everyone vastly underplayed how much Locker was hurting with that hamstring, which didn’t help the perception of his performance in the opener, when he clearly wasn’t 100 percent.
Despite the excitement over a new staff and a new way of doing things, Locker remains the No. 1 reason for optimism heading into 2009.
PREVIOUS ENTRIES
Number two — DE Daniel Te’o-Nesheim
Number three — WR D’Andre Goodwin
Number four — LB Mason Foster
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.
READER RESULTS COMING — I’m tallying up the votes of the readers on here and will attempt to have those later today.

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