The Washington Huskies were able to make major strides on defense in year one with new defensive coordinator Justin Wilcox. He will demand even more from his unit, however, in 2013 as the Huskies try and get over the seven-win hump that Steve Sarkisian can’t seem to conquer. For them to do that, they will need another strong season from their defensive leader, safety Sean Parker.
During his junior season, Parker emerged as a defensive leader, finishing second on the team with 77 tackles. He added two interceptions, four pass breakups and a pair of forced fumbles as he continually made big plays that the Huskies’ defense desperately needed. He has started every game over the last two years and been a consistent presence through the highs and lows of this UW regime.
For the team to get to new heights next fall, however, they’ll need even more out of their senior leader. The Pac 12 looks to boast several excellent quarterbacks who will stress defenses with their ability to throw the football. Parker’s ability to cover and disrupt, causing a few turnovers here and there, will go a long way in keeping those offenses in check and give Washington a fighting chance to break through the daunting Pac 12 North.
Parker will have to reach new heights in his game and become a disruptive force at safety while also leading and directing the rest of the defense. If he can meet the challenge, he could lift Washington to its best season in a decade. Does he have it in him to take the Dawgs to the top in 2013?