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Husky Football Blog

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September 14, 2014 at 8:23 AM

Huskies morning links: Freshman Sidney Jones plays well in starting debut at cornerback

The Huskies prepare to take the field against Illinois on Saturday at Husky Stadium. (Dean Rutz/The Seattle Times)

The Huskies prepare to take the field against Illinois on Saturday at Husky Stadium. (Dean Rutz/The Seattle Times)

True freshman cornerback Sidney Jones had three tackles in his first start for the Huskies on Saturday. More importantly, Jones held his own in coverage to boost UW’s struggling defensive secondary in Saturday’s 44-19 victory over Illinois.

“You didn’t see anything happen over on his side,” UW defensive coordinator Pete Kwiatkowski said. “I think he did OK.”

Jones, a 6-foot, 171-pound freshman from Diamond Bar, Calif., didn’t even play in UW’s opener at Hawaii. He got his first opportunity in the second half of the victory over Eastern Washington, and with the likely season-ending injury to Jermaine Kelly and the uncertainty Marcus Peters‘ status, Jones doesn’t look like he’ll be giving up his starting spot any time soon.

“I just liked his demeanor. We’ve liked his demeanor since he got here,” UW coach Chris Petersen said Saturday. “He’s just a competitor. You can almost predict a little bit of success just based on their demeanor and how they go about competing and how they step up in practice and what they look like pregame and all those things. I knew he would play well today. Doesn’t mean you’re going to make all the plays, but I knew he’d play well. I think he’ll continue to make good progress.” 

The Huskies had six sacks Saturday and limited Illinois QB Wes Lunt — fifth in the country in passing entering Saturday — to 230 yards passing.

“I think that everybody is starting to gel,” UW sophomore safety Kevin King said. “All of the young guys are starting to get more comfortable back there and I think that the D-line, the linebackers are starting to get more trust in us, and I think once they do, we’ll be hard to stop.”

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