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June 2, 2010 at 12:53 PM

Athlon’s picks UW sixth in Pac-10, 7-5 overall

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In our continuing series reviewing the pre-season preview magazines so you don’t have to, we look today at the Athlon’s 2010 National Preview (picture Courtesy: Athlon’s).
The magazine picks UW sixth in the Pac-10, and also with a projected record of 7-5 overall and 5-4 in conference play.
Here’s how the magazine breaks down the Pac-10:
1, USC, 12-1, 8-1
2, Oregon, 10-2, 7-2
3, Oregon State, 8-4, 6-3
4, Stanford, 8-4, 5-4
5, Arizona, 7-5, 5-4
6, Washington, 7-5, 5-4
7, Cal, 7-5, 4-5
8, UCLA, 5-7, 2-7
9, Arizona State, 4-8, 2-7
10, Washington State, 1-11, 0-9
Sixth might sound bad, but note that the magazine also has UW just a game out of third —- and also realize that it’s really hard objectively to discern a huge amount of difference in teams 4-8 in this conference this year.
Athlon’s names both Jake Locker and Kavario Middleton to its first-team offense, and no Huskies to its first-team defense or special teams.
Jermaine Kearse is named to the second-team offense, and Mason Foster and Desmond Trufant to the second-team defense.
Obviously, Middleton’s a bit of a surprise — that’s his second first-team all-conference pick so far as Phil Steele also tabbed him there earlier — given that he was running as the backup at the spot the last week of spring. But few would question he has the potential to eventually earn such accolades.
The real surprise to me there is no mention at all of Chris Polk — Athlon’s has LaMichael James and Jacquizz Rodgers as its first-team running backs and Shane Vereen and Allen Bradford with the second team. Bradford’s a really good player, but I’d be curious to have heard the rationaization there — he had 668 yards last season to Polk’s 1,113 and isn’t assured of really getting a ton more carries this year with super frosh Dillon Baxter in the fold.
Athlon’s also ranks all the units in the Pac-10 from 1 (being best) to 10 (worst) and has UW ranked this way:
QB, 1
RB, 6
WR/TE, 1
OL, 7
DL, 9
LB, 7
DB, 5
This edition of the magazine also includes the national unit rankings, and UW is No. 5 at QB and No. 9 at WR.
No Huskies are named to any of the three All-American teams — the QBs are Ryan Mallett, Kellen Moore and Terrelle Pryor.
Athlon’s also names a Pac-10 All-Decade Team from 2000-2009, but doesn’t include a single Husky — certainly defensible given the way the decade went for UW.
The UW preview (truncated for the national edition) also includes a quote from an unnamed opposing Pac-10 assistant coach about Locker that reads: “Jake Locker is as good as any quarterback in the country. The kid just knows how to make plays and win games. He can beat you with his arm and his legs.”

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