The Washington Huskies face the unenviable task of replacing Desmond Trufant in 2013 after their top cornerback became a first-round NFL draft pick of the Atlanta Falcons. Steve Sarkisian is facing a make-or-break season in Seattle next fall and will need his pass defense to hold up as good, or even better, than it did with Trufant locking receivers down. Can Marcus Peters be the guy to step up as the No. 1 cornerback next season?
Peters enjoyed a breakout season during his freshman season in 2012. He tied for the team lead with three interceptions and even returned one for a touchdown. On top of that, he made 44 tackles with eight pass breakups and a blocked kick. Midway through the season, Peters played his way into the starting lineup and held down the corner position opposite Trufant well down the stretch.
Now, Peters has to step up and lead this secondary into the 2013 season. Defensive coordinator Justin Wilcox could lean on his coverage guys even more next year as he develops new ways to bring pressure with safety Shaq Thompson. He will have to step up and show he can lock down the top receivers for the other teams and act as the backbone of the secondary.
For Washington to break through that seven-win ceiling that they have come up against in recent years, the defense will have to continue it’s improvement that they started in 2012. A major part of that continued turnaround will be the play of Peters as the No. 1 cornerback, keeping opposing offensive passing attacks in check. Can he lock it down on the edge for the Dawgs next fall?