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Spring Battles to Watch - Defense

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SEATTLE - With four new defensive coaches, as well as new schemes, terminology and way of doing business, Washington's defense is undergoing a major overhaul this spring. What position groups will be highlighted as new UW Defensive Coordinator Justin Wilcox tries to work his magic in fitting his philosophies with the talent on hand?

Defensive Tackle - Sophomore Danny Shelton emerged at the end of 2011 as the heir apparent to Alameda Ta'amu, the run-stuffing stalwart in the middle of Washington's defensive line. With Wilcox looking at some 3-4, Shelton could be an ideal two-gap nose guard that could really plug things up inside. Another sophomore, 325-pound Lawrence Lagafuaina, has the size you're looking for, as well as... Recommended Stories