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Husky Football Blog

The latest news and analysis on the Montlake Dawgs.

January 12, 2012 at 9:41 AM

Thursday morning links and notes — Lambo talks defense, and Nussmeier an OC candidate at Alabama?

Man is it getting cold here in Seattle, where the weather guys say it could snow on Sunday. But the news continues to heat up in the college football world (like that transition?), so no time to waste to get to it. …

— Times columnist Jerry Brewer talked recently to former Husky coach and defensive coordinator (and player, for that matter) Jim Lambright to get his thoughts on what he’s seen from the UW defense the last few years. As always, it’s a good read.

— Nothing official yet on the rumored hiring of Keith Heyward as a new assistant on UW’s defensive coaching staff, but all indications remain it is expected to happen (here’s a view on Heyward from the OSU blog Building the Dam). If it does, all of UW’s defensive staff at the moment will have gone to school as UW’s Northwest rivals — Johnny Nansen (WSU), Justin Wilcox and Peter Sirmon (each Oregon) and Heyward (Oregon State). The recruiting dead period ends tomorrow, so all will be busy soon.

— While the Huskies are looking to fill out the defensive side, they may also need to work to keep the offensive staff intact. ESPN.com’s Mark Schlabach Tweeted this morning that Doug Nussmeier could be a candidate to become the new offensive coordinator at Alabama. That job is now open as former Alabama OC Jim McElwain is the new head coach at Colorado State. McElwain was the offensive coordinator at Fresno State before moving to Alabama, and was then replaced at Fresno State by Nussmeier for the 2008 season before Nussmeier then came to UW in 2009. Nussmeier made $365,000 in 2011. Here’s a look at some of the other candidates for the job. Nussmeier’s wife is from Louisiana, where Nussmeier played QB from 1994-97 with the Saints.

— ESPN.com’s Greg Biggins says the one recruit who might be most likely to follow Heyward to UW would be defensive back Devian Shelton of Inglewood. He’s considered a soft commit to Oregon State, where he was recruited by Heyward, but is now taking a trip to Nebraska and also considering UCLA, and could be enticed by UW.

— The LSU team the Huskies will face next Sept. 8 will apparently be without cornerback Morris Claiborne and receiver Russell Shepard, as each is reportedly declaring for the draft.

— Scout.com unveiled its final top 300 recruits for the Class of 2012. Here’s a look at some of the biggest risers and fallers.

Ted Miller offers his top 10 moments of the Pac-12 season, though none include UW.

— Miller does have a few mentions of the Huskies in his look at the best and worst of the college bowl season as relates to the Pac-12.

— Some interesting stuff from the Minneapolis Star-Tribune on recruiting services.

All for now.

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