We’re halfway through the countdown, which means it might be a good time to review the list so far:
No. 10: PK Erik Folk
No. 9: DE Hau’oli Jamora
No. 8 OG Colin Porter
No. 7: DL Everrette Thompson
No. 6: LB Cort Dennison
No. 5 is a player whose intangible value is evident in having been elected by teammates as a team captain for the second straight year, and whose tangible value is evident in playing one of the most important positions in the game, left tackle. That, of course, is senior Senio Kelemete, pictured above.
Kelemete started all 13 games at left tackle last season and is entrenched in that spot entering the 2011 season. He has stared all but one game on the line the last two years, playing at guard in 2009, making him the team’s most experienced OL heading into 2011.
All of that means he’ll be entrusted with providing leadership to a line that could have three starters this year in their second year of college football — sophomore Colin Porter is sure to start at right guard and two of the trio of sophomore Erik Kohler (right tackle) and redshirt freshman Colin Tanigawa (left guard) and Ben Riva (right tackle) are likely to start, as well.
Kelemete’s value was also obvious during the spring when he missed some practices with a foot injury as the OL simply didn’t look as good when he was not out there. The good news is that he’s said to be completely healed entering camp.
UW coach Steve Sarkisian has said often he thinks Kelemete has all-conference potential. Now a senior, and for the first time in his career playing the same position for second straight year — remember, he was a defensive lineman as a true freshmen in 2008 — he could be due for a breakout season.