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Good Morning! Lots of good links from yesterday’s big news.

“I’m ready to move on to the next phase of my life,” Polk said. “I may not be the biggest or the fastest but I will do whatever it takes to win.”

Wilcox, a former Oregon player, built his name at Boise State before coming to Tennessee. This season, Wilcox’s defense was one of the few bright point for the Vols, finishing 28th nationally in total defense. Wilcox reportedly was being sought by Texas to replace Will Muschamp, but opted to stay at Tennessee.

This link is via Bob Condotta.

The Broncos run a defense that has spread from former Oregon defensive coordinator Bob Foster to current Oregon defensive coordinator Nick Aliotti — both of whom Wilcox played for — to Gregory to Collins and beyond.Wilcox learned from all of them, and now can add his own spin. The terminology and basic schemes — including a heavy emphasis on stopping the run — won’t change from what BSU players already know.

Because of the talent he didn’t get amazing results, but when you looked at the job he did as a whole, I think they were (28th) in the nation in total defense which doesn’t just blow people away but they had a converted fullback playing middle linebacker who ended up leading them in tackles (Austin Johnson). They had one senior on the defensive line. No seniors in the secondary. So people looked at that, and especially (head coach) Derek Dooley and thought he’d done a tremendous job based on the resources he had.

The Seattle, Wash., native averaged a Pac-12-best 21.5 points, 6.5 rebounds, 4.5 assists and 1.0 steals in a sweep of the Oregon schools last weekend. On Thursday’s Pac-12 opener, Wroten led Washington with 26 points and nine rebounds in a 95-80 victory over Oregon State. His 10-for-16 (.625) shooting from the field was accompanied by four assists, a steal and a season-low two turnovers.

Instead, the Huskies — led by freshman guard Tony Wroten, who notched 43 points, 13 rebounds and 9 assists in those two wins — look like they’re building the chemistry and defensive toughness that plagued them so frequently in their 6-5 start. There is much more work to be done, of course, but this team could yet round into a bona fide conference title favorite in the coming weeks. Stay tuned.

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