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March 28, 2010 at 11:41 AM

The defense, then and now

One thing that may be instructive to review as we head into the spring is just how different the defense could look from the one we saw at the end of the season when the Huskies beat Cal 42-10. That game came on the heels of a 30-0 win over WSU, the best back-to-back performances by the defense in years.
Here’s the official defensive starting lineup for the Cal game:
DE — Daniel Te’o-Nesheim
DT — Alameda Ta’amu
DT — Everrette Thompson
DE — Darrion Jones
SLB — Mason Foster
MLB — Donald Butler
WLB — Cort Dennison
FS — Jason Wells
SS — Nate Williams
CB — Desmond Trufant
CB — Adam Long
Here’s what I think it will look like when spring ball begins Tuesday:
DE — De’Shon Matthews
DT — Ta’amu
DT — Cameron Elisara
DE — Talia Crichton
SLB — Matt Houston/Alvin Logan
MLB — Dennison
WLB — Foster
FS — Nate Fellner
SS — Nate Williams
CB — Long
CB — Trufant
With changes due to graduation, injuries and shifting personnel to accomodate some of those losses, there could be just four players starting at the exact same position as they played against Cal. There could be six starters returning overall (and seven who could be considered season starters if you throw in Elisara, who missed the last month of last season with a neck/shoulder stinger issue).
And given that there’s no guarantee that guys like Thompson and Andru Pulu return for the season — or that incoming freshmen win jobs — it’s not out of the question that the lineup you see above could be the one that hits the field next September (though obviously with some huge question marks at DE and SLB).
The point has already been made, but obviously the real concern on defense rests at the DE spot, where the Huskies not only could be turning to two first-time starters with little experience, but also with zero experienced depth.
A couple other things stood out as I reviewed the Cal game while writing this entry — the graduated Te’o-Nesheim (three sacks, 4.5 tackles-for-a-loss) and Butler (one sacks, three tackles-for-a-loss) each played among the best games of their careers, meaning that it’s hard to look at that performance and what it could mean for the future without acknowledging the huge holes left by their graduation.
On the other hand, you see why Nick Holt is so high on the cornerback due of Trufant and Long — Long had three pass breakups in that game, Trufant two. UW had had only 23 in the previous 11 games.

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