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The myth: Our defense is younger and less talented than our offense.

I thought I'd do a little digging to see how much young and less talented our defense was compared to our offense. I used Scout's recruiting database to determine how many years each starter has been in the UW football program and how many stars they got as a incoming recruit. Then I tried to pair up an offensive player and a defensive player based on equal time at UW and equal stars as a recruit.

The Results: The 12 offensive starters totaled 44 stars and 31 years of time in the program. The 12 defensive starters totaled 40 stars and 31.5 years of time in the program. Glenn has been here 4 years, Fellner 3 years, for the stats they were averaged at 3.5 years. As you can tell, the numbers are scary how similar they are. That being said our offense does have a small talent advantage.

Obviously this is not a very, very, very, very simple way of looking at things and it leaves us with a lot of questions and not a lot of answers. I think it does disprove the myth that the reason our defense isn't up to par with our offense is youth and inexperience. Don't get me wrong, they are both very young (great news for the future of the program), but the gap is much less than advertised.

The question is why the disparity between the offense and defense on the field? If the numbers are so close, why do we have the 33rd ranked offense and 94th ranked defense? Did we do poorly on our evaluations of the defensive players? Did we do better at developing our offensive players? Has the defense been hit with far more injuries than the offense? And if so, why?

Here's the comparisions:

Keith Price - 3rd year player, 3 star recruit = Desmond Trufant - 3rd year player, 3 star recruit

Chris Polk - 4th year player, 4 star recruit = Alemada Ta'amu - 4th year player, 4 star recruit

Jermaine Kearse - 4th year player, 4 star recruit = Cort Dennison - 5th year player, 2 star recruit

Devin Aguilar - 5th year player, 3 star recruit = Quinton Richardson - 5th year player, 3 star recruit

James Johnson - 3rd year player, 3 star recruit = Greg Ducre - 2nd year player, 3 star recruit

Kasen Williams - 1st year player, 5 star recruit = Princeton Fuimaono - 2nd year player, 3 star recruit

Senio Kelemete - 4th year player, 4 star recruit = Everette Thompson - 4th year player, 4 star recruit

Colin Tanigawa - 2nd year player, 2 star recruit = John Timu - 2nd year player, 3 star recruit

Drew Schaefer - 4th year player, 3 star recruit = Justin Glenn - 4th year player, 3 star recruit, and/or Nate Fellner - 3rd year player, 3 star recruit

Colin Porter - 2 year player, 4 star recruit = Sean Parker - 2nd year player, 4 star recruit

Erik Kohler - 2nd year player, 4 star recruit = Josh Shirley - 2nd year player, 4 star recruit

Austin Seferian Jenkins - 1st year player, 5 star recruit = Danny Shelton - 1st year player, 3 star recruit

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