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Thursday, July 28, 2011
Polk about to 'step up' to stardom

By ESPN.com staff
ESPN.com

ESPN.com's Bruce Feldman takes a look at his top-10 "step up" guys this week, and he includes Washington running back Chris Polk.

"Step-up" guys? He defines them as "the players with the best chance of stepping into stardom and leading their teams to big seasons ... good-to-great threshold as being any player who hasn't made first-team all-league before."

Here's what he said about Polk:

10. Chris Polk, RB, Washington Huskies


Jake Locker is gone, but Pac-12 defenses still have their hands full because Polk is back. He's been overshadowed by the two stud backs in Oregon -- LaMichael James of the Ducks and Oregon State's Jacquizz Rodgers -- but Steve Sarkisian has an NFL talent in this guy. Sarkisian reminded me Tuesday that he actually tried to recruit Polk to the USC Trojans as a wide receiver, but lost him to UW. Fortunately for Sarkisian, he got his chance to work with Polk after he took over Seattle -- and he's been thrilled about it. He said Polk, who runs as hard as any tailback on the West Coast, is up to 220 pounds and still has timed in the 4.4s. Sarkisian added that the talent around Polk, especially in terms of the big bodies, has also been elevated heading into this season.