Justin Wilcox, the former defensive coordinator at Boise State and Tennessee, was brought to Seattle in 2012 to fix a Washington defense that allowed opposing offenses to top 50 points three times and beat the 30-point barrier seven times in the Huskies’ 13 games in 2011.
Though the Huskies turned in identical 7-6 records in 2011 and 2012, Washington’s defense was anything but a repeat performance of the season prior. After finishing 11th in the Pac-12 (and 106th and 108th nationally) in total defense and scoring defense in 2011, Wilcox’s troops jumped to fourth in the conference, as well as 31st and 39th nationally, in total defense and scoring defense. Opposing offenses posted 30 points or more only four times, while the Huskies held seven foes under 20 points.
With eight returning starters, a similar leap from season to season will put the Huskies squarely into Pac-12 North title contention. Check out previous mic’d up segments from Washington assistants Tosh Lupoi, Peter Sirmon and Marques Tuiasasopo.