According to reports, Washington is on the verge of hiring former Alabama star safety Vinnie Sunseri to coach the Huskies secondary. Sunseri's alma mater hired Washington's Kalen DeBoer to be its new football coach.

Sunseri would be the second ex-Patriots assistant to join the Washington staff and would follow fellow assistant Stephen Belichick who will reportedly be the new defensive coordinator.

For Sunseri, this would mark a return to the defensive side of the ball after working with New England's running backs. He played safety at Alabama under Nick Saban and played for national title winning teams both as a freshman and sophomore.

Sunseri's best college season came in that 2nd year when he had 54 tackles, 1.5 sacks, and 2 INTs to help them to a championship. Injuries cut short his junior year but he was still drafted in the 5th round by New Orleans before suffering a knee injury during his rookie year. He didn't get much playing time after that with New England and San Francisco.

His dad Sal Sunseri was a two-time Saban assistant at Alabama.

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After his NFL career ended, Sunseri returned to Alabama and spent one season as a graduate assistant under Saban. That plus his previous stint in New England helped him become a defensive coaching assistant for the Patriots in 2020. After one season, he switched sides of the ball and has served as the Patriots’ running backs coach under Bill Belichick for the past 3 years.

Sunseri doesn’t have any recruiting experience. He played in college at one of the sports’ elites and spent a year there as a graduate assistant so he has a little collegiate experience. But he has never gone on the recruiting trail.

Most who know Sunseri feel he would excel as a college recruiter.

Apparently, we're about to find out.

University of Alabama Bid Day 2023

Photographer Will McLelland captures moments from Fall 2023 Bid Day.

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