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July 30, 2012 at 11:00 AM

Counting down the Top 10 Huskies — No. 7: Sean Parker

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We’ll continue our top 10 list with a player who looms as a key for Washington’s hopes to revive its defense in 2012 — junior strong safety Sean Parker.

Parker started all 13 games at strong safety last season, beginning to fulfill the expectations that greeted his signing in 2010, when he memorably chose UW over USC and Michigan in a televised announcement on signing day.

Like the entire defense, Parker (pictured in last year’s game against Arizona) has lots of room to improve. But entering his third year in the program and now having played substantially, he’s one of more than a few on that side of the ball who could thrive in the defense of new coordinator Justin Wilcox.

That certainly appeared the case in the spring as the secondary might have been the most improved area of the team, with Parker joining free safety Justin Glenn and cornerback Desmond Trufant as returning starters (recall just one significant contributor, cornerback Quinton Richardson, graduated).

Most reading this probably don’t need much reminding that the safety spot has a number of promising young players who could factor in this year, as well, such as redshirt freshmen Travis Feeney and James Sample and true freshman Shaq Thompson, the five-star jewel of the Class of 2012.

The Huskies felt good enough about the depth at the spot to move former starting safety Nate Fellner to outside linebacker midway through the spring — Fellner ended the spring as the starter there.

But while the young players elicit a lot of excitement, it’s veterans like Parker — which suddenly is indeed what he is — that will have to carry the bulk of the heavy lifting for the defense to really make the kind of leap this season needed to wash away the bad taste of 2011.

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No 10: Justin Glenn
No. 9: Hau’oli Jamora
No. 8: Drew Schaefer

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