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March 31, 2010 at 1:06 PM

Cox talks linebackers on KJR

UW linebackers coach Mike Cox was on the Dave “Softy” Mahler show on KJR-AM this morning to talk about the Husky defense and, as you might expect, the linebackers.
Here’s some of what he said:
— He confirmed what was obvious watching practice on Tuesday, that Alvin Logan was the primary starter at the strongside linebacker spot with Mason Foster at WLB and Cort Dennison in the middle. But that spot also remains wide open and with Foster and Dennison having the ability to play all three spots, the Huskies will continue to mix and match roles there to get the best three-man tandem on the field come the fall.
— He said Victor Aiyewa will start out at the SLB spot as he transitions from safety to linebacker. He won’t be able to participate in contact this spring due to recent shoulder surgery but was out there most of yesterday when the team was not in pads. Cox said he thinks Logan and Aiyewa “will be a good battle” for the SLB position.
— Of the move of Aiyewa to LB, he said: “He’s a physical kid, smart, athletic. Sometimes at safety his big plays showed up down in the box, near the line of scrimmage, so maybe that fits his personality a little more. … We’re excited to see what he can do. He has a chance to maybe take that spot over, as well.”
Victor Burnett could also factor into all of this if he progresses quickly enough to prove he should be on the field this fall. Cox said he was impressed with what he saw from Burnett on the first day but cautioned it’s really early to make any real assessment. “He’s smart, he’s instinctive. Very impressed and excited about him. … but there’s a lot to find out. It’s so hard to tell after one day, especially when you’re not in pads. But I was impressed. He’s mature. He was serious about his business for a first day starting college to come out and play college football the second day, he did a great job.”
— As Steve Sarkisian said after practice Tuesday, Cox noted that the team is much further ahead this spring than a year ago. “We’re able to go much faster, the familiarity with a lot of those guys are able to just jump right back into it.”
— He said creating turnovers remains the No. 1 goal of the defense and said getting more interceptions is a particular goal this spring. A late surge last season allowed UW to finish third in the Pac-10 in turnover margin behind UCLA and Oregon State at plus-four. UW’s 15 fumble recoveries were most in the Pac-10 but its eight interceptions were tied for last.

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