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Pat Schiller suffered ACL tear before Spring Game

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Chalk another defensive player that will have to start the season on the IR in addition to Mike Sobol.  There's always hope that Schiller will return towards the end of the season, but it's probably best not to risk things, because Schiller is a 4th year Junior and still has his senior year to look forward to.

This spring the former starting MLB in Schiller was moved to weakside linebacker due to the surprising development of true sophomore Devon Butler on the inside and the fact we had to find somebody to fill in for Cory Hanson's departure.

HuskieWire reviewed the linebacker position today and while there is virtually no depth, Butler & senior leader Alex Kube had extremely impressive springs.  The next player in for the weakside is junior Jordan Delegal who saw a lot of playing time last year coming straight out of Joliet JC.  Coach Kill stockpiled a group of stud linebackers in his most recent recruiting class and they will show up this summer.  All four of them are all capable of playing right away.

Some of you may remember that this is extremely similar to what happened with Tim McCarthy, who got hurt at the beginning of the 2007 season, only to return to have a productive senior year in 2008.

Schiller finished the season last year ranking 3rd on the team with 82 tackles (28 solo), 5.5 TFL, half a sack and one forced fumble.  When choosing a highlight video, Saliva is always a reliable soundtrack option:

Huskie fans: Is this a serious blow to the defense?  Will we have enough depth by the season opener?