From Percy Allen’s story on the rejuvenated Princeton Fuimaono — “Bobo” to his teammates — and Washington’s “Band of Brothers” linebackers:
The average height and weight of Stanford’s offensive linemen are 6-5 and 305 pounds, so Washington will theoretically use its speed to combat the Cardinal’s size.
“It’s more than that,” Thompson said. “Our speed will help getting around the blocks, but still we’ve got to play physical because they’re big.”
Thompson is second among the Huskies with 26 tackles, and Timu, last year’s leader who missed a game due to a shoulder injury, is third at 23.
“The thing about us is we stick together,” Thompson said. “We got this band-of-brothers thing going. We’re all aggressive tackling. And we’re all physical. That’s probably our identity: physical and fast.
“That came from coach (Peter) Sirmon. He preaches play fast, play smart and play harder. That’s what we feed off of every game.”
Fuimaono said there’s no secret in defending a team like Stanford.
“In some ways it’s very simple,” he said. “Play physical and fast. Make tackles and create turnovers. Basically get off the field as quick as you can.”
—- Bud Withers will a look at the top games around college football this weekend.
—- The News Tribune’s Christian Caple caught up with former Puyallup star Joshua Garnett, now a versatile sophomore on Stanford’s massive offensive line.
—- More on UW’s “big opportunity” from The Sporting News.