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Husky Football Blog

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September 10, 2014 at 8:23 AM

Huskies morning links: Freshman Sidney Jones could be in line to start at cornerback

UW's Sidney Jones (26) and Azeem Victor (36) combine on the forced fumble of Eastern Washington's Mario Brown on a first quarter kickoff.  (Dean Rutz/The Seattle Times)

UW’s Sidney Jones (26) and Azeem Victor (36) combine on the forced fumble of Eastern Washington’s Mario Brown on a first quarter kickoff. (Dean Rutz/The Seattle Times)

I wrote today about the Huskies’ young — and struggling — defensive secondary, which will be tested again (and again and again) against Illinois’ pass-happy offense.

“We knew we were going into a dogfight (against Eastern Washington). Those guys score 60 points a game,” UW defensive backs coach Jimmy Lake said. “We should’ve played a lot better, no question. But we knew that this was a higly potent offense. … We could’ve put these guys in better positions to make plays. We put these guys in a lot of positions where it was like, ‘Hey, you have to make a play.’ And their veteran quarterback and their veteran receivers made the plays more often than we did, so that comes to us as coaches, not players.”

Senior Travell Dixon and true freshman Sidney Jones were rare bright spots for UW against Eastern Washington. After Marcus Peters was benched in the third quarter, both Dixon and Jones played … well, they weren’t bad, which is an improvement from what we’d seen most of the day. Dixon and Jones finished the game at the two corner spots.

Jones could be in line to start against Illinois on Saturday (1 p.m., FOX), which would make him the first true freshman to start at cornerback for UW since Desmond Trufant in 2009. Even if he doesn’t start, he figures to see significant snaps, with the three other freshmen — Jermaine Kelly, Darren Gardenhire and Naijiel Hale — also in the mix. Through two games, 84 percent of Illinois’ offense has come through the air — yes, 84 percent! — so it’ll be all-hands-on-deck for UW’s short-handed secondary again.

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