Nick Holt: For the first time, I can say that our front...

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It’s taken three years, but Washington defensive coordinator Nick Holt is beginning to feel comfortable with the Huskies’ defensive personnel.

During a radio interview this morning, Holt said, “First time I can really say that our front looks like a Pac-10, Pac-12 defense, starting to. That's our biggest progress is our front, our defensive line, just watching our guys walk around campus, we are starting to look like the real deal finally, just bigger and real athletic.''

Holt added, “Our conference offensively is just so good that day-in and day-out, week-in and week-out, it's a hard conference. But hopefully we are getting to a point defensively where our players know our stuff and we've got good players that that won't happen, and we have to make it not happen, and hopefully that's the case. Athletically we're getting to that point. We're nowhere near where we need to be but we're a lot better than we were three years ago, that's for sure.''

In his first season as defensive coordinator, the Huskies allowed 26 points per game. Last season, that number rose to 29 points per game, but the Washington defense limited to Nebraska to only 7 points in the 19-7 Holiday Bowl victory.

This season, Washington opens against Eastern Washington. After hosting Hawaii in week #2, the Huskies will travel to Nebraska.