Washington Football coach Jimmy Lake turns prospects into defensive backs

SEATTLE, WA - SEPTEMBER 09: Defensive back Byron Murphy
SEATTLE, WA - SEPTEMBER 09: Defensive back Byron Murphy /
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SEATTLE, WA – SEPTEMBER 09: Defensive back Myles Bryant
SEATTLE, WA – SEPTEMBER 09: Defensive back Myles Bryant /

Washington Football defensive back coach Jimmy Lake continues to turn raw prospects into stymieing defensive backs.

Washington Football defensive coach Jimmy Lake is one of the hottest young coaches in the NCAA. You see, he has a knack of coaching up college prospects into effective and proficient defensive backs.

A quick recap is in order. The 2016 Washington Football team included the likes of safety Budda Baker, and cornerbacks Kevin King and Sidney Jones IV.  All three were selected in the second round of the 2017 NFL Draft.  Never have three rookies been selected in the NFL Draft separated by 11 selections.

While that was excellent for the players, it certainly had an adverse effect on the team‘s ability to defend the pass this year. Or did it?

Reload on the fly

Even without three returning playmakers, the team seems to reload at will and on the fly. That is a testimony to the quality of both prospects and coaching staff of the Washington Football team.  After losing three defensive backs to the NFL, the team had to promote three new starters. And they did just that.  Safety Taylor Rapp joined JoJo McIntosh, and cornerbacks Jordan Miller lined up with freshman Byron Murphy.  Nobody knew how the group would respond.

Well, almost nobody. Coach Lake was as confident as ever.

The team began the season with freshman Byron Murphy at cornerback. He opened up the season with two interceptions. In three games, he had amassed two interceptions, three tackles, and three passes defended. Then he fell to injury with a broken foot just as the team prepared to face Pac-12 rival Colorado.