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April 24, 2008 8:43 AM

Polk emerging as playmaker

Posted by Bob Condotta

It was Chris Polk day in the Seattle print media, but there was good reason for it based on the comments of UW offensive coordinator Tim Lappano, who has come away from spring practice suitably impressed by the freshman receiver.

In my story on Polk today, Lappano says that "he's the real deal.''

Lappano said the spring has been designed to see if players such as Polk could rise up and show they can take some of the pressure off Jake Locker this fall.

Lappano says there has not been one designed running play called for Locker this spring.

"Part of our focus was, we know he (Locker) can make plays, let's find our other playmakers,'' Lappano said.

Polk has become one of those playmakers of late, Lappano said, emerging as particularly dangerous in the red zone.

The hope is that enough of the young players can break through to become playmakers in the fall and allow the Huskies to dial down Locker's running just a bit and reduce the number of times he gets hit.

"I would hope that he doesn't have to rush for 1,000 yards,'' Lappano said. "I would hope he can throw for 1,000 more yards (than he did last season) and maybe have 6-700 yards rushing. He's going to have a couple of days where he's going to rush for more than 100 yards because he can take it the distance. If they come out of their gaps and he pulls it down, he can go 80 or 90 yards. So he's still going to get his rushing yards. But I don't think we need it to be 1,000.''

If you remember, Locker rushed for 986 yards last season, the most ever for a Pac-10 QB, and almost certainly would have broken 1,000 had he not gotten injured against Oregon State.

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