Why Kaho/Tafisi tandem so important?
The key to any squad in NCAA football is building trust and chemistry. And the sooner you do so, and the longer you can sustain it, the better the team. Right now, the team is losing a solid pair of linebackers in the exodus of Azeem Victor and Keishawn Bierria. Bierria played in 50 games, and recorded 240 total tackles and 7.5 sacks. Victor played in 34 games, and recorded 198 tackles, 3.5 sacks, and one interception. 438 tackles, 11 sacks, one interception for a touchdown.
That level of proficiency does not occur in one game, nor one season, but over the course of four seasons together. And it’s that need to build something together over the long haul which make this pairing so important so quickly. Neither is assured of starting roles nor playing time just for showing up. That is not the Washington Husky way. On this team, you need to earn playing time. And to earn that time, you have to want it, passionately.
Next Man Up
The “Next Man Up” prinicipal is important to the success of the Washington Football team. By eliminating stratification of starters and reserves, the team ensures a vigilance by all players on the team to improve and maintain game readiness. That aids the team when starters fall to injury, and the reserve comes in with a nearly equivalent level of play. Now, with the addition of Brandon Kaho and M.J. Tafisi to the roster, they too will be expected to attain and maintain the proficiency to start at any time.