Washington football hires a new face on defense

Washington football is making some changes on the coaching staff, and they’ve decided to bring back a familiar face to help with the defensive backs

A few years ago when the NCAA expanded coaching staffs to 10 positions, Washington football brought in Will Harris to help Jimmy Lake with the defensive backs. Now that Lake has been promoted to head coach, the athletic department has brought back a familiar face in Terrence Brown. His role hasn’t been specified yet, but after looking at his resume, it’s ok to assume that he’s going to help with the defensive backs.

Brown grew up in Southern California and played football at Orange Lutheran, one of the top prep schools in the area. He started for two years at cornerback at Stanford, and signed an undrafted free agent deal with the Cincinnati Bengals, but was released after two preseason games.

Chris Petersen gave Brown a spot as a graduate assistant, and he served on the staff for three seasons (2015-2017). After his time at Washington, Brown was hired at Vanderbilt and served for two years as the cornerbacks’ coach with the Commodores, before receiving the offer to come back to the west coast.

One of the best things that Brown brings to the table is that he’s an excellent recruiter, and he has a pipeline to somewhere the Huskies need to hit hard, Southern California. In such a talent-rich area, it’s crucial to have someone who has ties to the area and the ability to recruit at a high level. With Oregon pulling in so many top prospects, it’s key for the Huskies to be the best on the recruiting trail, and getting some of the top guys out of Southern California could be the key to having the number one recruiting class in the conference again.

More Changes?

We already know that the Huskies are on the lookout for a new offensive coordinator, and there are rumors swirling that there are a few other position coaches that could be replaced. One name that Husky fans should be on the lookout for on the defensive side of the ball is Cal’s defensive backs coach Gerald Alexander. He’s an excellent recruiter and has done a spectacular job developing talent since he got to Cal. Alexander played safety at Boise State for Chris Petersen, and was a graduate assistant for him, just like Brown, and the Huskies would really benefit from adding another young, energetic coach who also knows the kind of culture that Lake wants to instill on and off the field.

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