With UW’s training camp now 10 days away, it’s time to revive something of a tradition here on this blog — counting down the top 10 Huskies entering the season.
Any such list is subjective, to be sure. This one is based basically on past accomplishment coupled with projected role on the team this season, and we’ll reveal one name a day taking us through to Aug. 6, when UW opens training camp.
We’ll start today with the first name on the list — fifth-year senior safety Justin Glenn, pictured right in a Mark Harrison photo helping make a key tackle on the final series of the game last year against Cal, a defensive stand that helped preserve a third straight win against the Bears.
THE CASE FOR GLENN: Glenn, one of just five players remaining who originally signed letters-of-intent before Steve Sarkisian became coach, somewhat quietly had one of the better seasons for a UW defender last season.
He started just five games, but played in all 13 and finished with 52 tackles, tied for fifth on the team.
He had an even better spring, emerging quickly as the starter at free safety, a role that was solidified when Nate Fellner — who started four games at free safety last season — was moved to linebacker. Glenn’s strong play was often cited as a key to the improvement of the secondary in the spring. Certainly, there is a lot of room for improvement in the secondary and the jury remains out until improvement is seen in games this season.
And there should be some increased competition at all of the safety spots as camp begins with the addition of touted true freshman Shaq Thompson and the return of redshirt freshmen Travis Feeney (cited by Steve Sarkisian at media day as one who has had a good off-season) and James Sample from injuries that limited them in the spring.
But Glenn figures to be a fixture in the secondary as a heady senior — he’s one of three players returning in the secondary with significant starting experience, with nine starts in his career — who provides solid leadership at a spot where knowledge of the defense and helping get everyone lined up properly is critical.