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July 2, 2010 at 4:04 PM

Reviewing the position reviews

Took longer than I wanted, but last week I finally got the last of the post-spring position reviews posted.
But for those who might have missed some of them, thought I’d link them all together one more time, doing so in order of how I would rank them from strongest to most questionable.
So here we go:
1, Tailback and fullback: With a 1,000-yard rusher in Chris Polk back, vets like Johri Fogerson and Demitrius Bronson seemingly ready to break out, and talented youngsters such as Deontae Cooper and Jesse Callier on hand, this is UW’s best and deepest position.
2, Quarterback: Jake Locker’s presence obviously makes this an elite position. The only reason it’s not No. 1 are the questions over depth. As I’ve said before, hard to imagine any team in the country would have as big an immediate dropoff at this spot should something happen to Locker and requiring one of true frosh who haver never seen action — Nick Montana or Keith Price — to have to play. The future with those two guys may be bright, but everyone would obviously prefer that not to happen until 2011.
3, Receivers: Had the depth looked a little better in the spring this would have been No. 1. The first three of Jermaine Kearse, Devin Aguilar and James Johnson may be as good as any in the conference, and there are some freshmen coming on that should help, as well. A return to form from D’Andre Goodwin could move this position up a spot or two.
4, Secondary: I may be a little more bullish on the secondary than some. But in the spring this seemed as good a position as any on the defense with vets such as Nate Williams, Quinton Richardson and Vonzell McDowell playing well and youngsters such as Nate Fellner and Will Shamburger showing lots of hope for the future. Add touted frosh Sean Parker in the fall and this should be as athletic, deep and talented a secondary as UW has had in some time.
5, Special teams The return of Erik Folk and Will Mahan solidifies the kicking spots and while the return units weren’t as good as hoped a year ago, hard to imagine they won’t be better with so many seemingly talented guys on hand to turn to.
6, Tight ends: This could easily end up higher given the recruiting pedigree of the top two at this spot, Chris Izbicki and Kavario Middleton. But each still has to prove he can perform on a game-in and game-out basis. A solid position for the future.
7, Linebackers: Some might argue this is too well with first-rate players Mason Foster and Cort Dennison leading the way. But the WLB spot remains uncertain and the depth, while maybe talented, remains unproven.
8, Offensive line: Another many might argue is too low with four returning starters in the fold. But until the Huskies start consistently converting short-yardage situations, the OL remains a question mark. Again, a position that could easily move up, but for now has to do it on the field.
9, Defensive line: The injury issues in the spring were well-noted and make this position still the biggest question mark on the team. If Everrette Thompson and Kalani Aldrich return to full health — they appear on track, but as Steve Sarkisian said, no one will really know until full-contact practice starts and they can handle it every day — this is another position that could easily make this rating look foolish. For now, though, still lots of proving to do.

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