Washington Huskies Football: Huskies Hire 2 Coaches from Tennessee

Brandon Stewart@itsBStewContributor IIJanuary 2, 2012

It didn't take Washington head coach Steve Sarkisian long to find out who his new defensive coordinator would be—48 hours, to be exact.

It has been reported that Tennessee defensive coordinator Justin Wilcox and linebackers coach Peter Sirmon will be joining Sarkisian's staff in 2012.

Wilcox is best known for his run with Boise State from 2006 through 2009, where he helped the Broncos rank inside the top 20 in total defense each year, including being ranked third in the nation in 2008 when his team allowed just 12.3 points per game.

Since then, Wilcox has been coaching the defense at Tennessee, and has had pretty good success considering the youth he had to deal with. The Vols started three freshman linebackers this year and still managed to be ranked 28th in the nation in total defense.

Wilcox's best strength this year was defending the pass, as he led his team to be ranked inside the top 15 in pass defense. The Vols allowed teams to throw for only 177.8 yards per game, which is over 105 yards less than what the Huskies allowed this year.

Wilcox will be bringing his linebackers coach and former college roommate along with him.

Sirmon, an Oregon alumni, played all four years at Oregon and was drafted in the fourth round of the NFL draft by the Tennessee Titans. Sirmon spent all seven years of his career with Tennessee before retiring in 2007.

Sirmon was one of Tennessee's best recruiters, helping head coach Derek Dooley bring in a 13th-ranked recruiting class in 2011.

The Huskies have hired two young but capable coaches, and Husky fans will now play the waiting game to see what exactly they have to bring to the table.

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