Pre-Season Quick Take - 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 fourth in the Pac-12 North Division, behind Stanford, Oregon, and California. He has the Huskies outside of his top-55 teams in the country, and No. 70 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.

Steele does not envision a strong year for the Huskies. In fact, he is forecasting a dismal defensive performance. He has the Huskies as the 126th most improved rush defense, and 125th in most improved defensive points. The reason he does so is because of 'points lost', a formula he uses to calculate how much a team will be affected by losing players to the previous draft. Using that method, Steele has Washington with the fifth-most points lost nationally, behind Florida State, Miami, Florida, and Louisville.

Steele does not have the Huskies playing in a bowl. For his Pac-10 teams, he has USC facing Ohio State in the Sugar Bowl; Oregon versus Oklahoma in the Alamo Bowl; Arizona taking on BYU in the Royal Purple Las Vegas Bowl; Michigan against Arizona State in the Foster Farms Bowl; California versus West Virginia in the Ticket City Cactus Bowl, Stanford playing Michigan State in the Rose Bowl, and Utah versus Louisville in the Hyundai Sun Bowl. Steele has Ohio State defeating TCU in the National Championship game.

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

National Pre-Season Awards:
Budda Baker - Third-Team All-American DB (behind Max Redfield and Jalen Mills)

Pac-12 Pre-Season Awards:
Budda Baker - 1st Team DB
Joshua Perkins - 2nd Team TE
Cameron Van Winkle - 2nd Team PK
Korey Durkee - 3rd Team P
Dante Pettis - 3rd Team PR
Dwayne Washington - 4th Team RB

National Group Rankings:
DB - Ranked No. 39 (behind USC, UCLA, Stanford, Utah, and Arizona State)
Special Teams - Ranked No. 13 (behind Utah)

Toughest National Schedule - 5 (Behind USC and California)

Because of that schedule, as well as all the draft losses and general lack of experience coming back, Steele has UW No. 1 nationally in terms of teams going down from where they were last year.

Top NFL Prospects:
Joshua Perkins - No. 30 TE

Top Recruiting Classes (compilation ranking):
Washington - outside the top-25 (USC, UCLA, Oregon, Stanford, and ASU in top-25)

Top Incoming Freshmen (Name/Position National Ranking):
QB - Jake Browning 10
RB - Myles Gaskin 47
WR - Chico McClatcher 53
WR - Isaiah Renfro 56
OL - Henry Roberts 45
OL - Trey Adams 63
DL - Benning Potoa'e 49
LB - D.J. Beavers 48
DB - Austin Joyner 40 Top Stories