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April 15, 2012 at 8:46 PM

Sunday night poll — Who is UW’s Most Important Player?

ESPN.com’s Pac-12 blog maven Ted Miller is in the midst of an interesting series, selecting who he thinks is the most important player for each conference team.

He’s about halfway through the list, going in alphabetical order. Here’s the latest entry on Oregon, which means he obviously hasn’t yet gotten to the Huskies.

And I thought, just in case he hasn’t written the entry on UW yet, that I’d let the readers of this blog help him out with a little poll.

Miller is making his choices more difficult by excluding quarterbacks. Quarterbacks are often a team’s most important player and there’s little question of Keith Price’s importance to the Huskies. In fact, given that UW has a lot of question marks elsewhere, Price’s accomplishments a year ago and the lack of any experience behind him, Price’s value is probably as high for the Huskies as just about any team’s QB is in the conference.

But take Price out of the equation, as Miller is doing, and who is UW’s most important player?

I listed six choices in the poll below:

— center Drew Schaefer, the most experienced member of an offensive line suddenly a little thinner than expected, and as the center also the one entrusted with making line calls;
— tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins, who is not only a legit All-Conference candidate this season but also potentially an All-American candidate, and despite being a sophomore is one of the most proven offensive playmakers UW has;
— cornerback Desmond Trufant, who is one of the most experienced players on the defense, a respected team leader, and a possible All-Conference candidate this season;
— receiver Kasen Williams, the immensely talented sophomore who will be counted on to take a big leap in production this year to help replace the graduated Jermaine Kearse and Devin Aguilar;
— safety Sean Parker, who like Trufant is an experienced defensive leader and also could emerge as an All-Confernce-type player this season;
— defensive tackle Danny Shelton, who while a sophomore with just two career starts, could be as vital as any player in helping remake UW’s defense, emerging as one of Washington’s more dependable players through the first half of the spring.

I also threw in “other” in case you think I missed someone and want to make a case for someone else.

So vote away and we’ll see if you guys agree with the Pac-12 blog ultimately selects:

Who do you think is UW’s Most Important Player (excluding QB Keith Price)

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