Athlon Sports, publisher of the No. 1-selling college football magazine, begins the release of its preseason Top 25 poll at www.athlonsports.com. The countdown commences every year in early May and leads to the on-sale date of Athlon's category-leading college football preseason annuals.
To commemorate the Washington Huskies being named No. 25, AthlonSports.com will devote an entire day to celebrating the program, including a look at the Top 10 Players for 2012, the Greatest Players since 1967 and a Team Preview. (Direct links are included below.)
Steve Sarkisian’s Washington Huskies start the countdown at No. 25 with one preseason All-American and nine players selected as All-Pac-12 performers. Athlon Sports predicts Washington will finish third in the Pac-12’s North Division. In the five year period from 2007-11, Athlon Sports was one of the most accurate preseason magazines in prediction accuracy.*
“Washington is clearly headed in the right direction under Steve Sarkisian,” says Athlon Sports Managing Editor Mitch Light. “The offense, led by dynamic quarterback Keith Price, should score a ton of points. If the defense, which was obviously an issue last season, shows marked improvement, the Huskies will be a factor in the tough Pac-12 North.”
One Washington standout was named a preseason All-American, with tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins being named to the second team.
Nine Huskies earned preseason All-Pac-12 honors, with Seferian-Jenkins on the first team. Quarterback Keith Price, offensive lineman Drew Schaefer, defensive lineman Hau'oli Jamora and defensive backs Desmond Trufant and Sean Parker were named to the second team, while wide receiver Kasen Williams, defensive lineman Josh Shirley and kick returner Kevin Smith garnered third-team honors.