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.”
- Game story: The Huskies put together their most complete effort to route Illinois.
- Jerry Brewer: UW finally gets its feel-good moment.
- Percy Allen: Shaq Thompson gave himself a grade of B-minus or C-plus Saturday.
- The News Tribune’s Christian Caple: UW thoroughly dominates Illinois.
- The AP’s Tim Booth: Thompson shines for the Huskies.
- Art Thiel of Sports Press NW: Thompson looks ready for the Legion of Boom.
- The Seattle Times photo gallery from the UW win.
- From The UW Daily: John Ross III averages a mere 27.4 yards per touch.
- Bud Withers: It was not a good day for the Pac-12.
- Cool video of Rick Neuheisel watching his son lead UCLA to a comeback win over Texas.
- A big let down for USC at Boston College.
- From the News-Gazette (Illinois): The Huskies got after Lunt.
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Boston College's 452 yards rushing is most allowed by #USC since Texas A&M gained 486 in the 1977 Bluebonnet Bowl
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