Pre-Season Quick Take - Phil Steele

Phil Steele

With less than a month to go before fall camp, it's now that point in the year when the pre-season magazines start tumbling out of bookstores and stands, and they all definitely have opinions all their own when it comes to where UW will finish. We'll be breaking down each of the top pre-season mags, starting with the one that claims to be the most accurate over the last decade - Phil Steele.

Phil Steele has ranked Washington tied for fifth in the Pac-10 with Stanford and Oregon State and behind USC, Oregon Arizona and California. He has the Huskies outside of his top-40 teams in the country, but he does have the Huskies as the No. 1 most-experienced team returning to the Pac-10, and the tenth most-experienced nationally - as well as No. 36 in his 'power poll', which is a combination of nine-different sets of power ratings. These power ratings take into account things like talent, performance, scores, and the strength of the opponent.

The other interesting note about Steele's take on the Huskies is that he predicts a post-season bowl appearance, but doesn't actually have them listed in his bowl projections. For his Pac-10 teams, he has USC facing Iowa in the Rose Bowl; Oregon versus Texas A&M in the Alamo Bowl; Arizona taking on Texas Tech in the Holiday Bowl; Florida State against California in the Sun Bowl; Utah versus Oregon State in the Las Vegas Bowl, and Stanford playing Boise State in the Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl.

Below is a list of UW pre-season awards (with Pac-10 players and their rank listed)

National Pre-Season Awards:
Jake Locker - Fourth-Team All-American QB (behind Terrelle Pryor, Case Keenum and Ryan Mallett)

Jake Locker - No. 1 Top QB

Jake Locker - Listed as a 'possibility' in Heisman Trophy race

Chris Polk - No. 24-ranked RB (Jacquizz Rodgers 3, LaMichael James 20, Shane Vereen 23)

Jermaine Kearse - No. 27-ranked WR (James Rodgers 11)

Kavario Middleton - No. 9-ranked TE

Ryan Tolar - No. 58-ranked OG (David DeCastro 22, Butch Lewis 26, Carson York 31, Matt Summers-Gavin 34, Zach Heberer 44, Andrew Phillips 54, Mark Asper 57)

Cody Habben - No. 61-ranked OT (Bo Thran 27, Adam Grant 35, Tyron Smith 36, Mitchell Schwartz 53, Jonathan Martin 54, Micah Hannam 55, Matt Kalil 57)

Mason Foster - No. 10-ranked OLB (Akeem Ayers 2, Michael Morgan 9)

Pac-10 Pre-Season Awards:
Jake Locker - 1st Team QB
Jermaine Kearse - 1st Team WR
Kavario Middleton - 1st Team TE
Mason Foster - 1st Team LB
Desmond Trufant - 1st Team CB
Chris Polk - 2nd Team RB
Ryan Tolar - 4th Team OG
Cody Habben - 4th Team OT
Alameda Ta'amu - 4th Team DT
Cort Dennison - 4th Team LB
Erik Folk - 4th Team PK

National Group Rankings:
QB - Ranked No. 3 (behind Arkansas and Houston)
WR - Ranked No. 6 (behind Arkansas, Georgia, Houston, Texas A&M and Oklahoma)

2010's Most Improved Teams:
Washington - No. 10

Toughest National Schedule - 7 (UCLA 3, Oregon State 6)

Top NFL Prospects:
Jake Locker - No. 1

Recruiting:
Top Recruiting Classes:
Washington - 18 (5th in the Pac-10)

Top Incoming Freshmen (Name/Position National Ranking):
QB - Nick Montana 15
RB - Deontae Cooper 26
RB - Zach Fogerson 47
OL - Erik Kohler 26
OL - Colin Porter 52
DL - Sione Potoae 23
LB - Victor Burnett 43
LB - Chris Young 57
DB - Sean Parker 14
DB - Jamaal Kearse 61

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