Washington Football: Why Chris Polk Is Going to Be Even Better Than Last Year

Maiah HollanderContributor IIIAugust 30, 2011

LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 02:  Running back Chris Polk #1  of the Washington Huskies celebrates his second quarter touchdown against the USC Trojans at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on October 2, 2010 in Los Angeles, California.  Washington won 32-31.  (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)
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Washington Huskies golden boy Jake Locker has gone on to greener pastures in the NFL with the Tennessee Titans, but star running back Chris Polk looks to not only move on but also improve in the 2011 season. 

The hardest part about playing in the Pac is the fact that there are so many good players and not all get recognized the way they should. Just look at Mason Foster. For Polk this an even more daunting task, as LaMichael James of Oregon has been top dog in the RB hype. With this as motivation Polk has something to prove and numbers to improve. 

Polk has a lot going for him going into his junior year but probably the most important is his experience. He knows how to run the ball, and he knows how to find the gaps in the defense. These skills are what make Polk great, and what is going to make him one of the biggest threats in the Pac.

It helps that new quarterback Keith Price is still learning the ropes, which can almost guarantee Polk more carries this season than any with Jake Locker.  Having such a strong RB to fall back on will give Price the piece of mind to grow this season, as well as Polk’s stats… 

Polk has a lot to live up to this year, but he is more than up to the challenge.