The Washington Huskies football team will look to return to the top of the Pac, after an up and down season in 2009.
If the huskies want to reach this goal they will need to be a team and play as a team. These five players listed will be the key guys for the dawgs this year, and will take them back to the Rose Bowl, and maybe an undefeated season.
Desmond Trufant lived up to his last name, and despite being a true freshman he was the best player on the Washington secondary. Trufant has good size for a cornerback at 6'0 and 185 pounds.
Trufant was able to make 44 solo tackles, two interceptions, one sack, and one fumble recovery for a touchdown. Not bad for a three-star freshman. Trufant also proved to be clutch with a game winning interception against Arizona.
Mason Foster has all ready become a legend in Washington. He is known for his game winning interception to beat Arizona in what was one of the most memorable games in recent memory for the Huskies.
Foster was easily the most talented player on defense last year, while not the most developed, absolutely the most talented. Foster will be the anchor on defense for the Huskies and be the leader for the unit.
Kearse became Locker's go-to-guy, and thrived as the No. 1 wide receiver. Kearse is a big, physical wide receiver with great speed. At 6'2 and 200 pounds he has the ability to out jump opposing players for the ball.
Many might disagree with me on this next statement, but I expect Kearse to become one of the best wide receivers in the country, as he will be a junior.
Kearse had 50 receptions, for almost 900 yards, and eight touchdowns. Look for him to add to those numbers next year.
Chris Polk, the redshirt freshman, proved to be one of the elite backs in the Pac-10. Polk is known for his ability to run through people and break tackles. At 5'11 and 210 pounds he might not look like a power back but what he does proves otherwise.
Polk had impressive numbers despite the horrid line he had blocking for him. Polk had 1,113 yards, five rushing touchdowns, and an average of 4.9.
Polk would run for over 100 yards in four straight games late in the season, despite only going over 20 carries in one of those games.
Polk will carry the load of the huskies next season on the ground and, with a improved line, look for him to be one of the elite backs in the PAC.
I hear a train coming! No never mind, it's Jake Locker.
But that's what Jake Locker is: a train.
Locker would throw for 2800 yards, 21 touchdowns, and 11 interceptions. He also got it done on the ground with the net yardage of 388 yards and seven touchdowns. However, if the NCAA did not take rushing yards off because of sacks Locker would have had 577 yards.
Despite being 6'3 and 230 pounds with a 40 time of 4.4, the huskies head coach held Locker back from running to develop Locker into a better passer.
The Huskies cannot win any games without their top Quarterback next season. Also, look for him to make a case for the Heisman trophy next year. Despite there being talks of locker being the first overall pick, he came back to return the Huskies to the top of the Pac.