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July 23, 2010 at 11:29 AM

Cox talks about addition of Shirley

UW linebackers coach Mike Cox was a guest a few minutes ago on the Dave “Softy” Mahler show on KJR-AM.
I had the whole thing basically transcribed until my computer saved the file about as well as the Mariners’ bullpen saves a game. Meaning, of course, I was suddenly staring at a blank screen.
So I’ll just have to paraphrase what he said:
— He said Shirley will start out at the strongside linebacker spot that is wide open entering camp, immediately competing with Alvin Logan, Victor Aiyewa and Matt Houston. He said Shirley has the ability to do a lot of the pass-rushing stuff off the edge that Mason Foster did at that spot a year ago and can also drop into coverage.
— He cautioned that they are not expecting Shirley to come in and immediately save the program and that they will need to get him into practice and see where he fits in. He noted that Shirley hasn’t played a lot of linebacker so there will be a learnig curve there.
— But he also said that Shirley’s ability to be a speed rusher off the edge was something that the Huskies don’t have right now and the reason they recruited him so heavily last year.
— Cox noted he’s on vacation at the moment but when he found out yesterday that Shirley is coming to UW he pulled out his tape to look at it for a while.
— Cox said that he knew that UW coach Steve Sarkisian had looked heavily into the situation at UCLA and felt confident that there was nothing there to prevent bringing Shirley to UW. He said that the UW coaches had been recruiting Shirley for a year-and-half or so before he made the decision to go to UW and that if not for that relationship with Shirley and his family that they might not be bringing him in now. But because they already knew him so well they felt more comfortable adding him now.

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