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Impact Report - Connor O'Brien

Connor O'Brien (SMHS)

Washington has had success bringing safeties down before; in 2004 they moved Evan Benjamin from his strong safety position and he reacted by leading the Huskies in tackles his junior and senior seasons. In 2010 Victor Aiyewa was brought down into the box and he ended up leading the Pac-10 in tackles for loss that year.

So it was hardly surprising to see Nate Fellner make a permanent switch from safety to the SAM linebacker position during the third week of Spring Football. New defensive coordinator Justin Wilcox laid out the rationale. "Really there's no difference when you're a strong safety rolled down into the box to what we ask our SAM position to do - so there's a lot of carryover," Wilcox told the media... Recommended Stories