While it’s not quite mission impossible, it is mission improbable for the current University of Washington Husky players to replicate the feat of last years Husky defense. The Huskies had the best defense in the Pac-12 Conference last year and must now replace AP first-team All- American Linebacker Burr-Kirven, and second-team defensive backs, Byron Murphy and Taylor Rapp. Defensive lineman Greg Gaines and defensive back Jordan Miller were invited to last months NFL combine along with Burr-Kirven, Murphy, and Rapp on the defensive side of the ball.
So how do you replace one of the best defensives in the conference? While it does not happen overnight and a good place to start is during the teams allocated 14 spring practices.
One noticeable change for the Husky defense has been the addition of Will Harris as the Co-defensive back coach.
On Friday the Huskies has their second day of spring practice and the defense lined up with Defensive linemen Levi Onwuzurike, Tuli Letuligasenoa, and Jason Scrempos. John Clark Taki Taimani and Benning Potoa’e were also part of the mix when the team went to multiple sets. Joe Tyron and Ryan Bowman started at outside linebacker with Kuler Manu and Brandon Wellington at the inside linebacker positions.
Keith Taylor and Elijah Molden were the starting cornerbacks with Myles Bryant at nickel back. Brandon McKinney and Isaiah Gilchrist were the first-team safeties.