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Ron Stone Jr. sweeps Pac-12 weekly defensive awards

Stone becomes the fourth player to win both awards

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Ron Stone Jr. put on a clinic this past weekend in Pullman and was named both Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Week and Defensive Lineman of the Week on Monday. His performance in the 31-22 upset of #19 Wisconsin over the weekend had all of Martin Stadium on their feet from start to finish.

He is the fourth player to be named winner of both awards joining USC’s Tuli Tuipulotu (2022), Oregon’s Kayvon Thibodeaux (twice in 2021) and Utah’s Bradlee Anae (2019) and the first Coug to win a weekly defensive award this year. Brennan Jackson won Defensive Lineman of the Week in week 11 of last year and Daiyan Henley won Defensive Player of the Week during week 3 of last year. This is his second time winning Defensive Lineman of the Week as he won it during week 9 of the 2021 season and it is his first Defensive Player of the Week award.

Stone finished last week with 3 solo tackles, 2 assisted tackles, 2 sacks, 2 tackles-for-loss and 2 forced fumbles. His two forced fumbles came on back-to-back drives for the Badgers when he strip-sacked Badger quarterback Tanner Mordecai both times.

His most important play came on his second strip-sack when he got to Mordecai on the 2-yard line and gave Brennan Jackson, the edge rusher on the other side, a fumble recovery in the endzone to give the Cougs a 24-6 lead as the first half was nearing its end.

Stone and the Cougs will look to continue their success and climb the rankings on Saturday when they host Northern Colorado. The game will be televised on Pac-12 Washington with kick off scheduled for 2:00 pm.



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