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May 24, 2008 8:55 PM

Locker named Lindy's Pac-10 Offensive Player of the Year

Posted by Bob Condotta

The first college football preview magazine has hit the stands --- the first one I've seen, anyway --- the Lindy's National College Football preview.

And in its Pac-10 section, the magazine tabs UW quarterback Jake Locker as the conference's Offensive Player of the Year. Lindy's also names a Most Valuable Player and gives that honor to ASU QB Rudy Carpenter who also rates ahead of Locker on the all-conference team. The Defensive POY is USC LB Rey Maualuga and the Newcomer of the Year is Oregon RB LeGarrate Blount.

(Full disclosure --- I do some writing for Lindy's, including penning the story that accompanies the Pac-10 preview in the magazine and giving input on all-conference teams, honors, etc. But the editors there make the final call --- kind of like my wife at home --- and I honestly didn't know Locker was the Offensive Player of the Year until I picked up the magazine today.)

Even the presence of Locker, however, couldn't convince Lindy's to rate UW higher than eighth in the conference.

Here are Lindy's picks:

1, USC
2, Arizona State
3, Oregon
4, Cal
5, UCLA
6, Oregon State
7, Arizona
8, Washington
9, Stanford
10, Washington State

No Huskies were named to Lindy's First Team, though Locker, guard Ryan Tolar and defensive end Daniel Te'o-Nesheim were all named to the second team.

Locker was rated as the QB with the strongest arm, the toughest to bring down and as the best scrambler in the magazine's "Honor Roll'' feature. Locker was also rated as the 15th best QB in the country, the only Husky listed in the magazine's national player ratings, the magazine stating that the "Great Hope of the Huskies is a Tim Tebow-style runner ... tough as nails.''.

UW was rated No. 64 nationally, ahead of only two opponents this season --- Stanford and WSU (Notre Dame is rated 59th).

Pac-10 teams rated in the Top 25 are USC (No. 2 behind Georgia), Arizona State (14) and Oregon (21).

Again, this was the Lindy's National edition. The Pac-10 edition, which includes a more in-depth look at the conference ---- including ratings of teams by position --- will be out a little later. I'll review that edition when it arrives and also discuss the position ratings then.

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