Brandon Wellington is cemented at one inside linebacker slot, and looks very, very good. He should be the perfect replacement for Ben Burr-Kirven, while the other side is a lot less certain. Currently, Kyler Manu is the starter, but I don’t think that will be the case by the end of the season. In all likelihood, that spot will be taken by Jackson Sirmon. We’ll also see a lot of M.J. Tafisi this season, and potentially even true freshmen Daniel Heimuli and Alphonzo Tuputala.
It’s no contest, Washington is DBU. And that holds true after looking at the first official depth chart. Let’s start at safety, where the starters are Myles Bryant and Cam Williams. You have a senior leader, and a true freshman stud. Both are going to make great contributions, because we know what we’re getting out of Bryant, and the last two true freshman to start in the secondary at Washington are named Taylor Rapp and Budda Baker.
At cornerback, this Husky defense is going to be taken to the next level this year. Elijah Molden, Kyler Gordon, and Keith Taylor? The rest of the Pac-12 should be thankful for every completion they get against those secondary studs, because this defensive backfield might be the best the Huskies have ever had. There are some huge highlights on the two deep, where two true freshman have made it, with Trent McDuffie at one cornerback spot and Asa Turner as the second string nickelback. And we can’t forget Dominique Hampton, who is drawing rave reviews from everyone who has seen him in person