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It’s hard to look at the improvement of Washington’s defense last year under 1st year defensive coordinator Justin Wilcox, and not see the huge strides that were made. And this year’s defense could be even better, with only two starters to replace.
Desmond Trufant was one of the best cornerbacks that ever put on a Washington uniform, and was chosen in the 1st round of the NFL draft by Atlanta.
The other starter that graduated was safety Justin Glenn, who overcame extreme physical pain early in his career after a gruesome broken leg, to provide toughness and leadership in the secondary.
Both of those guys will be missed, but trying to replace two guys should not preclude the Huskies from having a defense that is even better this season.
Now a junior with experience, A bigger, stronger Danny Shelton should help the interior.
The linebacking corp could be one of the all time best at Washington. Shaq Thompson battled an ankle sprain all last season, but should be healthy and take the next step.
But while there is a lot of talent on the Husky defense, there is one area that needs to massively improve for the UW defense this year, and it is the pass rush.
The Huskies finished 10th in the Pac-12 last year in sacks, and were so depleted, they were forced to use Austin Sefarian-Jenkins as a defensive end.
There is no way that Washington should be forced to turn ASJ into a two way player this season.
The Huskies switched another tight end over to the defensive line to start fall camp, using 6’5”, 277 pound Evan Hudson as a defensive end throughout practice so far.
If this Washington defense can go from terrible, to 39th in the nation in points against last season, I think there is still room for this team to climb up those rankings.
Just how far this team can climb will be directly correlated to how much pressure they can get on their opponents.