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Foster an all-Pac-10 lock, but where were other Huskies?

As little work as he was doing Friday, linebacker Mason Foster tried staying attentive to what his younger teammates were doing at the return-to-work University of Washington practice.

But there were times Foster laughed it up with quarterback Jake Locker, receiver Jermaine Kearse and a couple other veterans.

Maybe he was asking the same question we'd like to know:

Where were the UW players on the all-Pacific-10 Conference teams?

Foster was the leading tackler in the conference by 51 tackles, and received a nod at one of the first-team linebacker spots. But that was it for a team that tied for third place in the league.

Kearse, who led the league in receiving for the first part of the seaosn, was a second-team pick.

Despite being the Pac-10's second-leading rusher, Polk also was a second-team selection - behind Oregon's LaMichael James, Oregon State's Jacquizz Rodgers and Stanford fullback Owen Marecic.

Safety Nate Williams was the second-leading tackler in the league behind Foster, and rounded out the second-team picks for the Huskies.

While UW coach Steve Sarkisian shrugged off the snubs in front of reporters Friday after practice, beneath his demeanor was a little bit of haste.

"You know, some of that stuff comes with maybe preseason hype a little bit of where guys were before the year and then what is expected at the end," Sarkisian said. "We closed so hard, sometimes that can get missed, too.

"The best postseason reward we could get is getting to where we are, and playing in a bowl game. The guys that did earn it, they earned it – Mason and Jermaine and Chris, Nate Williams, they earned it so I’m happy for them."

As for Foster, who was on the short list of Pac-10 defensive player of the year candidates - which ultimatley and deservedly went to Oregon State defensive tackle Stephen Paea - he was satisified with the first-team honor.

"I'm happy being on the first team," Foster said. "The guy from Oregon State (Paea) is a great athlete and makes a lot of plays. He deserves it, so you can't take it away from him. I definitely felt like I was good, and there were a lot of good defenders this year in the Pac-10, but he definitely deserves it."

Some stuff from Friday:

* The Huskies will thoroughly evaluate their options in replacing Semisi Tokolahi, who had surgery earlier this week to repair a broken left ankle and will be out the next five to six months.

It appears they will start by moving Everrette Thompson inside from defensive end, and possibly rotate Lakes High product Sione Potoa'e in.

Earlier in the season, UW defensive coordinator said Thompson feels more comfortable inside, but out of necessity, the junior started at defensive end the past four games to end the regular season.

"Right now, that is probably the idea behind it – moving back inside because there is more experience in that (defensive end) position," Thompson said.

The plan could hinge on Talia Crichton's recovery from earlier knee surgery.

"Definitely rooting for him to come back," Thompson said.

* After his career-high 284 yards in the Apple Cup, which moved him to 1,238 rushing yards in 2010, Polk was asked Friday if he had any thoughts about jumping to the NFL after his sophomore season.

Here is Polk's exact response: "I really haven't even thought about it. I'm just worried about this game, then after this bowl game I'll think about it. I'm just worried about this game, then after the bowl game I'll think about it. But right now it's not even in my mind. I've still got one more game. I owe it to these seniors to keep my mind on football and give it my best effort.

"Yeah I'll think about it but we'll just see what happens when it comes."

Your guess?

* All the current UW starters did not practice Friday. Some regulars such as backup quarterback Keith Price, receiver Kevin Smith, offensive guard Gregory Christine and tight end Marlion Barnett did see action.

Locker was thankful for the time off.

"We have a couple of days off to get up and move around and kind of get your body back in shape, and take some mental reps," Locker said. "Maybe give your body a rest but make sure your mind is back into it and going through the reads and progressions on your own."

Sarkisian said the practices Saturday and Sunday will operate much the same way as Friday - time for the younger players.

* Safety Sean Parker (shoulder) and fullback Zach Fogerson (undisclosed injury) were wearing the protective red jersey Friday, and did not practice.

* The UW will resume practices Thursday, and go for five consecutive days before taking another extended period off.

The team will take a charter flight out of Seattle on Dec. 23, and will resume practices from Dec. 24 until Dec. 29.

It appears most of the closed-to-the-public workouts at the University of San Diego will be in the morning.

On Dec. 26, the team will take off for an afternoon activity at the San Diego Zoo. The next afternoon, it will be off to Sea World.