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July 3, 2009 at 10:41 AM

Sporting News’ take on the Huskies

In our continuing look at the pre-season football magazines, filtering out what’s said about the Huskies so you don’t have to, we today peruse The Sporting News season preview.
Here’s how TSN sees the Pac-10, and it’s pretty similar to everyone else:
1, USC
2, Oregon
3, Cal
4, Oregon State
5, UCLA
6, Arizona State
7, Stanford
8, Arizona
9, UW
10, WSU
TSN also has USC fourth and Oregon seventh in its overall Top 25, the latter the highest I have seen a non-Trojan Pac-10 team in any national ranking.
TSN does have some positive words for UW, however.
Jake Locker is named as its first-team All-Pac-10 QB (the magazine only does one team, unlike most of the rest that name multiple squads). Locker, however, is the only Husky named to the all-conference team. TSN also gives UW an up arrow in its stock report rating (also getting up arrows are Cal and UCLA. USC, OSU, ASU, Arizona and WSU all get down arrows and Oregon and Stanford steady arrows).
TSN also names UW’s Husky as “The Best Mascot” and in its “Four Fearless Forecasts” section predicts that the Huskies will win a game this season “probably in the team’s second game against Idaho.” In another “fearless forecast,” TSN states that Arizona “will lose a game it shouldn’t” and mentions its game at UW Oct. 10 as one of UA’s “best bets for a head-scratching loss.” UA got a pretty head-scratching win last time it was at Husky Stadium, so UW fans probably figure turnabout would be fair play on that one.
Much of the team writeup is stuff you probably already know (hopefully, anyway, if you read this to any extent and I’ve done my job). Sadly, the magazine undermines its credibility a little bit with a sorely out-of-date list of “projected starters” that among other things includes Senio Kelemete as a starter at DT (he was moved to the OL before spring practice and will enter the fall a starter at RG). The depth chart was probably needed before spring ball for production reasons so I point it out largely just to make sure that if you do see it, know it’s the magazine that is wrong and UW hasn’t suddenly made some changes since the end of the spring or something.
Most interesting of the team writeup may be what TSN calls the “Professor’s Grade” and overall assessment. UW gets a grade of D with “teacher comments” that include:
— “Huskies have a difficult schedule;”
— “Holes on both lines and in the secondary;”
— and “Dearth of elite players.”
TSN also rates UW’s top five recuits as David Batts, Marlion Barnett, Nathan Fellner, James Johnson and Desmond Trufant.

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