Sarkisian holds back Price and the quarterbacks so as to not reveal much of UW's new, no-huddle offense during the nationally televised scrimmage. Yet Price says
The first UW student-athlete to win the prestigious Baldwin Scholarship in Anthropology will be a featured researcher at a May symposium. The linebacker is redefining how we perceive the intelligence of football players.
No, it wasn't on a beach. It didn't involve wild parties. The Huskies' starting LB was at the Boston Red Sox' spring training complex continuing to build fundamentals as a raw outfielder and 18th-round draft pick.
More no-huddle offense, a return to familiarity with quarterbacks coach Marques Tuiasosopo, and an emphasis on improving the pass rush will highlight UW's earlier spring practices. They start Tuesday.
Huskies and Cougars will square off on the day after Thanksgiving at 12:30 p.m.
Justin Wilcox had an immediate impact on the Washington defense in his first season on Coach Steve Sarkisian's staff last year.
Wilcox, who was named UW's defensive coordinator on Jan. 2, 2012, took over a defense that was ranked 106th in the nation and guided it to a total defense ranking of 31st in 2012, taking nearly 100 yards off of the per-game average. The UW scoring defense went from 108th (35.92 points per game) to 39th (24.15) under Wilcox while, perhaps most remarkably, the pass defense jumped from 116th to 23rd.
A native of Junction City, Ore., and a four-year letterman for Oregon from 1996 to 1999, Wilcox returned to his Northwest roots by joining the Husky staff. He came to Washington after having spent the previous two seasons as defensive coordinator at Tennessee.
In 2011, Wilcox presided over a Tennessee defense that ranked No. 28 in the nation in total defense (340.5 yards per game) and 35th in scoring defense. In his first season with the Vols in 2010, his defense led a late-season rally that led them to a bowl game. The UT defense held four straight November opponents to 14 or fewer points in that season-ending stretch.
Wilcox began his coaching career as a graduate assistant at Boise State in 2001 and 2002. He then moved to California, where he was linebackers coach for three seasons (2003-05), helping the Bears to a 26-12 record and three bowl games during that span.
In 2006, he returned to Boise State as defensive coordinator and mentored a Broncos squad that led the WAC in defense all four seasons he worked there (2006-09). In 2009, BSU finished the season ranked No. 14 in the nation in total defense and scoring defense, and No. 3 in turnover margin. In 2008, Boise's defense was third nationally in scoring at just 12.6 points per game. Eight of 13 opponents were held to 10 points or fewer.
In Wilcox's first season, 2006, the Broncos ranked No. 8 in the nation in rush defense and Boise State finished the year with a 13-0 record and a famous overtime win over Oklahoma in the Fiesta Bowl.
A safety and cornerback at Oregon, Wilcox was a classmate and roommate of current Huskies linebackers coach Peter Sirmon. During his four seasons with the Ducks, he helped the team to four bowl games. In 1999, Wilcox earned first-team Academic All-Pac-10 and won the team's Bob Officer Award, presented to the Ducks player who excels in spite of physical adversity.
Wilcox, who earned his bachelor's degree in anthropology from Oregon in 1999, is the son of Pro Football Hall of Famer Dave Wilcox, an 11-year member of the San Francisco 49ers.