Jimmy Lake has produced as many NFL draft picks as he has spent years been an assistant coach under Chris Petersen at Washington.


Hired as one of the original group of coaches to follow Petersen from Boise State, Lake has developed Marcus Peters and Kevin King, two players who signed under former coach Steve Sarkisian, along with Budda Baker and Sidney Jones who he signed in his first recruiting class at UW in 2014.

Entering his fifth season – first as defensive coordinator – Lake is tasked with replacing only one player from the Huskies secondary from last season; Ezekiel Turner. UW returns both of its starting cornerbacks, Byron Murphy and Jordan Miller, who missed the latter portion of the 2017 season due to injury.

In addition, that means the freshmen and sophomores who played in their absence last year now have more experience and, if possible, add even greater competition to the already talented DB room.

Sunday’s practice ended with five more interceptions for the secondary; one each for junior Taylor Rapp, sophomores Elijah Molden and Keith Taylor, and the second for freshman safety Julius Irvin. One other interception occurred during a one-on-one period inside Husky Stadium.

Taylor, a 6-2, 200-pound corner played in five games in 2017 against Montana, Fresno State, Oregon State, Cal and Washington State. He’s already seen the trio of freshmen – Dominique Hampton, Kyler Gordon and Irvin – make their presence known during the first three days of fall camp.

“Yeah they look good out there,” Taylor said after practice Sunday. “Those dudes, I feel like they’re pretty smart in the film room. They’re getting those plays down pretty well. They’re learning fast. I’ve really impressed by them.”