Idaho a familiar place for Tormey

Even though Washington linebackers coach Chris Tormey's name is synonymous with hard-nosed Husky football, the long-time assistant hasn't always been a Husky. This week's game versus the University of Idaho will be a reunion of sorts for Tormey as he will be coaching against one of his former assistants when he was the head coach of the Vandals.

"He's a great defensive coach," Tormey said earlier this week, referring to Vandals head coach Nick Holt. "He's very intense. He's an excellent recruiter and he works very hard at it and he's got an idea of what it takes to win there after being an assistant coach there in the past and on Pete Carroll's staff down at USC. He's going to do an excellent job."

Tormey was the head coach at Idaho from 1995-1999 and for three seasons, Holt was his defensive coordinator. Tormey said he remembered Holt's attitude that he brought on Saturdays.

"I just think his intensity and approach really showed up on gameday," Tormey said. "Our guys always played hard and physical. We were aggressive and blitzed a lot and we were, for the most part, pretty good on defense.

"He gets wound up. He's going to be on the field whether you hold him back or not. That's just him. That's how he is and how he talks. He's not going to be anything except what he is. He's a great competitor and a heck of a coach."

Heading into this week's game, it has been exactly 100 years since Idaho got a win versus the Huskies and Tormey, along with the entire Washington coaching staff, knows that it will take a good game for the Dawgs to get their first win of the season.

"They're playing very well offensively," Tomey said noting that the Vandals aren't as predictable as in past seasons. "They give you a lot of different formations and different personnel groups. They can run the ball and throw it. They've got skill."

Even though Tormey wants to get a win versus the Vandals, he still holds a special place in his heart for the "Gem State".

"Idaho is always going to mean something to me," Tormey said. "I spent 12 years of my life there as a player, an assistant coach and a head coach. It's a special place for me and my family.

"They've got a heck of a football team. Nick's done a tremendous job with that program. He's got them playing hard. They've got good schemes on both sides of the ball. We're going to have to play well to have a chance to win on Saturday."

No matter the outcome, the Vandals have the Huskies' respect and Tormey will continue to have a soft-spot for a place he spent a good chunk of his career. Top Stories