With Lane Kiffin now the head coach at Florida Atlantic, Alabama offensive assistant Steve Sarkisian is in position to take over for him as the Crimson’s Tide’s offensive coordinator. Kiffin will continue to serve in that role through Bama’s College Football Playoff run, but as Washington’s former head coach, Sarkisian has plenty of intel he can pass along to Nick Saban and the rest of his coaching staff regarding current Husky players.

As a matter of fact, 15 Washington players were part of Sarkisian’s final recruiting class for the Huskies in 2013. Here’s a look at that group and how important they have been this season for current head coach Chris Petersen:

John Ross: Second in the FBS with 17 receiving touchdowns, Ross — along with quarterback Jake Browning and running back Myles Gaskin — is part of of the most dangerous trio in college football. The 5-foot-11, 190-pound junior from Long Beach, California, who has made 76 catches for 1,112 yards, is also Washington’s leading kickoff returner, fielding 14 kicks for 364 yards and a score.

Connor O’Brien: The junior defensive end/outside linebacker from Trabuco Canyon, Calif., had played in every game this season before missing Washington’s 41-10 victory over Colorado in the Pac-12 Championship Game with an injury. The 6-foot-3, 232-pounder has made 35 tackles — 6.5 for a loss — and has added 3 sacks and a pick-six.

Elijah Qualls: The All-Pac-12 First-Team defensive lineman has started all 13 games for the Huskies. After recording a career-high 4.5 sacks in 2015, the 6-1, 321-pound product of Petaluma, Calif., has already reached career bests in stops (32) and tackles for loss (5) this season.

Nov 12, 2016; Seattle, WA, USA; Washington Huskies defensive lineman Elijah Qualls (11) reacts after tackling USC Trojans running back Justin Davis (22) during the second quarter at Husky Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports

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Kevin King: This product of Oakland is more proof that Sarkisian obviously knew how to recruit in California. Washington’s leader with 13 pass breakups, this 6-1, 192-pound senior starter at cornerback has added 35 tackles — 2.5 for a loss — and 2 interceptions to earn All-Pac-12 Honorable Mention status.

Azeem Victor: Victor, who suffered a season-ending broken leg against USC on Nov. 14 in Washington’s only loss of the season, will travel to the Peach Bowl but won’t play in it. Considering the type of the season Victor was having, that’s good news for Alabama.

Despite missing Washington’s final three games, the 6-3, 230-pound junior linebacker still leads the Huskies with 67 tackles. And, yes, the All-Pac-12 first-teamer is also a California product.

Joe Mathis: Like Victor, Mathis has suffered a season-ending injury. But injuring his foot against Oregon State, the senior outside linebacker from Ontario, California finished with 25 tackles — 7.5 for a loss — and 5 sacks.

Keishawn Bierria: Third on the Huskies in tackles behind Victor and Budda Baker with 63 stops, Bierria has been an All- Pac-12 Second Team performer this season. The product of Carson, California also enters the Peach Bowl with an FBS-leading five fumble recoveries this season, which matches a school record.

Coleman Shelton: A product of Pasadena, Shelton has every game at center this season for the Huskies. The 6-4, 293-pound junior is an All-Pac-12 Second Team Performer.

Andrew Kirkland: Believe it or not, here’s a Sarkisian recruit who isn’t from California. The 6-4, 311-pound offensive lineman from Portland, Ore., has appeared in all 13 games this season, starting five at right guard.

Lavon Coleman: Gaskin has been tremendous by rushing for a 1,339 yards and 10 TDs on 227 carries, which are all Washington highs. But backup tailback Coleman has been much more productive per carry.

The 5-11, 228-pound junior from Lompoc, Calif., has rushed 107 times for 836 yards and 7 TDs. He also has 5 catches for 31 yards.

Darrell Daniels: The senior tight end from Pittsburg, California has appeared in every Huskies game this season. The 6-4, 246-pounder has caught 17 passes for 307 yards and 3 TDs.

Trevor Walker: Believe it or not, this 5-11, 192-pounder is another non-California recruit. The junior defensive back has made seven tackles while appearing in all 13 games.

David Ajamu: Sarkisian’s lone 2013 recruit from the state of Washington is a 6-5, 249-pound tight end. Despite appearing in 12 games, has just one catch for four yards.

Cameron Van Winkle: The senior from Fall City, Washington has been one of the Pac-12’s top place-kickers this season. The 5-10, 186-pounder has made 16 of his 20 field-goal attempts and has connected on 74 of his 75 PAT attempts.

Note: Linebacker Sean Constantine has missed the entire season due to an injury he suffered in fall camp.