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Posted on: August 19, 2011 11:21 am
 

UW junior RB Polk undergoes arthroscopic surgery

University of Washington redshirt junior running back Chris Polk underwent arthroscopic knee surgery yesterday (Thursday, August 18) morning to repair a meniscus injury apparently suffered the day before in practice.

The rehabilitation from the surgery is expected to take 3-4 weeks, which puts the Second Team All Pac-10 back in danger of missing the team's opener against FCS champion Eastern Washington September 3.

Polk has been a standout throughout his career with the Huskies, but really emerged onto the national scene last year, especially with an MVP performance in the Holiday Bowl win over heavily favored Nebraska. Polk rushed for 177 yards and a touchdown on 34 attempts against the Cornhuskers in that contest and 1,415 for the year -- second in the conference behind only Oregon's LaMichael James (who led the country with 1,731 yards).

Polk's 1,415 yards last year for the Huskies was second behind only Corey Dillon's 1,695 yards in 1996 for a single season. With two more years of eligibility, Polk appears to be well on his way towards challenging Napoleon Kaufman's record for career rushing yards. He is currently 1,546 yards behind Kaufman, who left the Huskies for the Oakland Raiders with 4,041 yards between 1991-1994. Polk is currently in sixth place on the Huskies' all-time list with 2,561 yards.

According to Huskies' head coach Steve Sarkisian (via Bob Condotta of The Seattle Times), the injury was caught early and shouldn't take long for Polk to recover.
"I don't know if it kind of lingered on him and it was one cut or not, but he knew near the end of practice that this just doesn't feel right, something isn't feeling right," he said. "When we got done we said, 'Let's go in and take a look at this thing' and (surgery) was the right thing to do. ... It's not serious but I just didn't want it to linger and I thought the doctors handled it really well, and let's just do it now so we are not dealing with this thing come October, November. It potentially could be a couple of weeks but I think he already feels good about it."
The 5-11, 215 pound Polk is among the most physical backs in the country. He possesses enough lateral agility to elude and while not boasting explosive timed speed, is rarely caught from behind. He currently rates as NFLDraftScout.com's No. 5 running back prospect in the country. Should he enjoy a strong 2011 season, Polk is thought to be very likely to explore his NFL options. Polk graduated in June with a degree in American Ethnic Studies/Anthropology.


Posted on: December 14, 2009 6:23 pm
 

Locker returning to Washington

Washington junior quarterback Jake Locker has decided to return for his senior season, according to a statement released this afternoon on the university's official website.

As part of the statement, Locker explained:

"After a great deal of careful thought and deliberation, I have decided to return to Washington and play my senior year," said Locker. "I am very excited about this team's opportunities and potential for the upcoming season and I am looking forward to being a part of it."

The full statement can be read here .


While scouts felt that Locker was the most physically gifted quarterback in the country (and therefore likely to be the first drafted), they also felt he was quite raw, making his jump to the NFL a potentially risky one. Though he has been Washington's starter for each of the past three seasons, he had yet to lead the Huskies to a bowl game, earn anything higher than Honorable Mention all-conference honors, and -- until this season -- be durable enough to start each game over the year.

Having made significant strides under head coach Steve Sarkisian in only one year, Locker is already earning praise from scouts as the potential #1 overall talent for the 2011 draft.


Posted on: October 3, 2009 4:53 pm
 

Jake Locker, Jimmy Clausen good, not great so far

With unsettling performances from many of the highly ranked senior and junior quarterbacks ranked ahead of them, two passers NFL scouts have become increasingly intrigued by this year are Washington and Notre Dame juniors Jake Locker and Jimmy Clausen, respectively.

Locker's athleticism, toughness and potential as a passer have drawn comparisons to Tim Tebow. In reality, he is a further along as a passer than Tebow and has a stronger, more accurate arm with a quicker release. This fact has led some to project him as highly as a potential #1 overall candidate for the 2010 draft, should he elect to come out early.

The poise and accuracy Locker showed in the stunning upset over USC significantly increased his national attention, but scouts have been well aware of his ability for years. He remains an unfinished product, however, who too often resorts to running rather than exhausting all of his passing options.

Against Notre Dame thus far, Locker has been accurate on the short to intermediate passes, but still too often is either throwing to his first read or tucking the ball. He has the prerequisite arm strength to zip passes into tight coverage and the touch and trajectory for the deep ball. He hasn't been helped by repeated drops from UW receivers and a porous offensive line. There is no denying his first round tools. At this point, however, scouts tell me they still view him as a second round pick, as he is at least a year or more away from contributing in a pro-style offense against NFL caliber defenses.

Classen, on the other hand, is significantly further along in his development as a passer. Of course, this is to be expected after serving for three years under Charlie Weis. Classen understands the offense, making the proper adjustments at the line of scrimmage and has the accuracy to hit receivers in stride. He also spreads the ball around the field beautifully.

Like former ND star Brady Quinn, however, Classen's lack of dominant arm strength makes him a good, but not necessarily great prospect for the next level. Classen relies on his accuracy and understanding of the offense to attack, but he's attempted some dangerous passes in the first half against Washington, attempting to squeeze passes into tight holes in the secondary, such as on a 2nd quarter pass into the endzone that the Huskies should have picked off.

Their national hype may lead some to believe Locker and Classen are certain top ten prospects. In reality, while each has tools to work with -- and quite different tools at that -- both are potential gems that still require a great deal of polish...
 
 
 
 
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