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Young defensive players get recognition for their performance against Oregon

Woods and Dale named to the Pac-12 defensive team of the week

Oregon State v Washington State Photo by William Mancebo/Getty Images

Redshirt freshman linebacker sensation Jahad Wood and emerging junior Nickelback Hunter Dale were named to PFF College’s Pac-12 defensive team of the week based on their advanced statistics. The Cougar defense was completely dominant, so it is not surprising that some of the stars of the game are receiving national recognition. If anything I am surprised there are not more players showing up on the team of the week.

Woods, who has been an absolute revelation after taking over for an injured Peyton Pelluer, recorded 7 tackles with 1.5 going for a loss. Dale (also named WSU’s defensive player of the week by the team) had 10 tackles with 3 coming for a loss and a sack. Pac-12 writer Jon Wilner also named Dale his Pac-12 defensive player of the week. Dale was fairly highly touted recruit coming out of Louisiana and appears to finally be coming into his own.

PFF also continues to be blown away by the work of James Williams as he was featured as leading FBS running backs with missed tackles forced on receptions with 21. Of course it helps with the amount of check-downs that come out of the Air Raid, but impressive nonetheless. Boobie making people miss is always fun to watch.


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