I’m like the 100s of thousands of Seattleites without power this morning and limited internet access. But I’ve made enough things work to pass along one quick note that the Senior Bowl officially announced its Pac-12 invites today and three Huskies are on the list — running back Chris Polk, offensive tackle Senio Kelemete and defensive tackle Alameda Ta’amu.
As Ted Miller notes in the linked article above, and as Danny O’Neil also writes, Polk is being considered a senior even though he was listed as a redshirt junior by the Huskies this season.
The Senior Bowl said in a press release that Polk was never actually granted a redshirt season. This is kind of semantics in a way as redshirt seasons are often only applied for and granted once necessary in the case of someone like Polk, whose case wouldn’t have been in doubt — he suffered a season-ending injury early in the season (in his case, the second game). Obviously, UW thought the year was a slam dunk since it always listed him as having it. But as we are also often told, in many case they don’t actually apply for the years until they will be needed. In Polk’s case now, since he did play in two games in 2008, that year can be considered a year of eligibility used since (unlike if he hadn’t played at all). Anyway, I’m not sure anyone close to the program ever really thought he was coming back.
The Senior Bowl will be played Jan. 28 in Mobile, Ala., and televised live on the NFL Network.
UPDATE — Here’s Rob Rang’s take on Polk’s Senior Bowl invite.