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Keys to success - Defense

Washington will need to find a replacement for Mason Foster, perhaps the best defensive player in the Pac-10 last season. Husky fans will finally have an idea of just how dependable and valuable he was now that he's gone. Replacing him is one of five keys to how successful this Washington defense will be in 2011.

1) The play at linebacker has to pass the test. How defensive coordinator Nick Holt schemes for the loss of Foster and utilizes the guys in his rotation will have a huge bearing on how good of a stopping unit the Huskies will put out onto the field in 2011. Mason Foster had 163 tackles last year, the most since James Clifford had 168 to lead the Pac-10 back in 1989. Mason amassed 378 tackles in... Recommended Stories

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