UW’s John Ross, Sidney Jones take Pac-12 player of the week honors
For the second week in a row, the Pac-12’s players of the week awards were dominated by the No. 4 Washington Huskies.
Wide receiver John Ross was named Pac-12 offensive player of the week for his three-touchdown, 208-yard performance in No. 4 UW’s 66-27 victory on the road over Cal on Saturday. And on the other side of the ball, cornerback Sidney Jones was selected as the conference’s defensive player of the week after making a pair of interceptions against Cal, both of which led to UW touchdown drives.
A week ago, UW linebacker Azeem Victor took the defensive honors while punt returner Dante Pettis was the Pac-12’s special teams player of the week.
The speedy Ross, a junior, has proven he didn’t lose a step despite missing all of last season following knee surgery. Two of his touchdowns on Saturday went for over 60 yards, and he is tied for second in the country with 14 receiving touchdowns. He is also second in the Pac-12 with 742 receiving yards, and he has an average of 16.86 yards per reception on his 44 catches. Ross was recently named to the watch list for the Biletnikoff Award, given annually to the outstanding receiver in college football.
Jones, also a junior, has three interceptions on the season after his two picks against the Bears. He has been one of the more important members of a Huskies secondary that has limited opponents to just 9.92 yards per reception (second on the country) and 181.9 passing yards per game (13th).
UW players have now earned six Pac-12 player of the week awards in 2016.