For the second time this year, multiple Washington football defenders earned weekly honors from the Pac-12!
Washington football’s defense is showing some major promise heading into their bowl game and the two defenders who were honored this week are going to be huge parts of the defense moving forward.
Defensive Lineman of the Week
Only two people have won this award multiple times this year, Utah’s Bradlee Anae, and now Joe Tryon joins him. Tryon has enjoyed quite the coming-out party over the last month, as he’s recorded two sacks in three of his last four games, and 10.5 total tackles for loss over that span. The 6’5, 262 pound outside linebacker has been nothing short of spectacular since the Utah game, and will most certainly be recognized on one of the All Pac-12 teams this season.
Tryon will be an integral part of the pass rush next season, and with Laiatu Latu, Sav’ell Smalls, Sam Taimani, and Tuli Letuligasenoa on the line with him, the Husky pass rush is going to be unstoppable.
Freshman of the Week
Trent McDuffie has been a huge surprise this season, not because of his talent, the top 100 recruit has always had that, but he burst onto the scene in summer camp, earned a spot on the two-deep depth chart, and became a starter by week three. He’s quickly become a star in head coach Jimmy Lake’s (wow, have to get used to saying that) secondary and should be a star for at least the next two seasons.
McDuffie had by far his best performance of the season on Friday against the Cougars, recording two tackles, an interception, and a forced fumble in the red zone that should’ve been returned for a touchdown by Myles Bryant.
The Huskies are only going to be better on defense, and with these two guys anchoring two of the three levels, along with all the other young returners on defense, the Jimmy Lake run team will shine next season.