Can a college football team benefit from a starter graduating?
As cornerback Quinton Richardson departs the program, his vacancy may actually benefit a pass defense that couldn't cover anybody last season.
Senior Desmond Trufant has the No. 1 cornerback position sewn up, but the question mark surrounding the No. 2 spot makes it one of the most exciting position battles this spring.
Marcus Peters and Antavius Sims headline this spring's untested (and highly touted) corners.
Peters, a star recruit from Oakland, Calif., impressed the UW coaches as a redshirt freshman last season, so much so that they toyed with burning his red shirt midway through 2011.
Sims is intriguing for his size (6'2") and his athleticism, not to mention his age. Sims has two years of experience in junior college ball, making him a contender to play right away.
Peters and Sims will compete against the more experienced, but perhaps less talented, Anthony Gobern and Greg Ducre, cornerbacks who both saw action last season.
Improving pass coverage is critical to the defense's success in 2012, and that starts with the cornerbacks.