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Big-Year Potential Convinces Chorak To Remain A Husky

All-American strongside linebacker Jason Chorak says he’ll be back for his senior year with Washington next fall, partly because of the Huskies’ loss to Colorado in the Holiday Bowl.

“I’ve got two jerseys with the bowl (insignia) on them,” said Chorak, the Pacific-10 Conference defensive player of the year. “Both are losses. I want to change that.”

Chorak figured he could have been a high second-round choice in the NFL draft if he had turned pro.

With 17 starters returning, “we could have a big year,” Chorak said, “and I could be a big part of it.”

Oregon defensive back Kenny Wheaton, a second-team All-American, has decided to skip his senior season and enter the draft.

Wheaton said he has been told he’ll probably go in the third round.

Defensive tackle Darrell Russell, a two-time All-Pac-10 first-teamer, will skip his senior season at USC to enter the draft.