Mathis’ Injury Hurts UW Defense
Joe Mathis was coming of age. While the team began to rock offensively, both the strong running game and the blazing speed of WR John Ross III had taken it up a notch. Joe Mathis had done so on the defensive side of the ball.
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His season was a microcosm of the team’s fortunes. Through the first six games, that is.
"“Mathis’ injury is a huge blow to a defense that has been having a standout season. (He) led Washington with five sacks and was particularly disruptive in two of the Huskies’ more impressive victories, against Stanford and Oregon. Mathis had two sacks against the Cardinal and had three tackles for loss against the Ducks. But the lasting image of Mathis’ season may have been his pass rush against Stanford that knocked over right tackle Casey Tucker.”"
Unfortunately, Mathis injured his foot .
When non-surgical options failed to restore his foot, the team shut him down and scheduled surgery to repair his foot. Mathis played in just six games for the Washington Huskies in 2016. As stated, he had five sacks, including two key sacks in a win against Stanford University, 25 tackles, and one pass defense.