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Season Grades: Linebackers

Shaquille Thompson (US PRESSWIRE)

For those that have been following the season grades to this point, you'd never think this Washington team finished the 2012 season with a winning record. C's and D's across the board so far, but here's where the grades start getting good…very good. There's no question the strength of UW's defense - and frankly the entire team - starts with the linebackers and ends with the defensive backs.

The Good - Just breaking down the statistics, it's clear this group of linebackers were really the heart and soul of the UW defensive group. They had the pieces in place to start out with; it was just a matter of getting them experience and letting them play as a group. UW Defensive Coordinator Justin Wilcox completely revamped this group by bringing in a number of safeties - Shaq Thompson...

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