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June 3, 2008 2:54 PM

Perusing Phil Steele's Pac-10 Picks

Posted by Bob Condotta

Another day, another set of pre-season picks to pore over.

Today it's Phil Steele, though in this case all we have right now are his pre-season All-Pac-10 selections, which he released on his website today. The magazine with full previews hits newsstands in a few days.

Steele makes the ambitious effort of naming four all-conference teams, so each school ends up being pretty well represented.

He has eight Huskies on his teams, though none on the first team.

Huskies listed are: LB E.J. Savannah, second team; QB Jake Locker, OL Casey Bulyca and DE Daniel Te'o-Nesheim on the third team; and WR Chris Polk, OL Ryan Tolar, LB Donald Butler and P Jared Ballman on the fourth team.

I've always liked Steele because he packs a lot of into in his magazines and isn't afraid to make out-of-the-box picks. That said, not sure Polk is the UW receiver I would place on a fourth team. He has a lot of potential, but I think D'Andre Goodwin is the readiest to make that kind of a leap this season. The rest of the picks make some sense, though this is the lowest I've seen Locker, who is listed behind ASU's Rudy Carpenter and Arizona's Willie Tuitama. But no doubt Tuitama could put up huge numbers this season with that receiving corps and offensive game plan.

In total picks, the tally by school reads like this:

1, USC, 23
2, Arizona, 14
3, Oregon, 12
4, Arizona State, 11
5, Stanford, 10
6, Cal 9,
7, (tie) Washington, UCLA, Oregon State, 8
10, Washington State 7

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