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Washington State’s Jahad Woods named Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Week

UPDATED: Mon., Nov. 19, 2018, 6:21 p.m.

Washington State linebacker Jahad Woods (13) watches Arizona quarterback Khalil Tate (14) throw a pass during the first half of an NCAA college football game in Pullman, Saturday, Nov. 17, 2018. (Young Kwak / Associated Press)
Washington State linebacker Jahad Woods (13) watches Arizona quarterback Khalil Tate (14) throw a pass during the first half of an NCAA college football game in Pullman, Saturday, Nov. 17, 2018. (Young Kwak / Associated Press)

PULLMAN – Washington State players had already been recognized as Pac-12 Offensive and Special Teams Players of the week, but linebacker Jahad Woods collected the Cougars’ first defensive honor this week when the Pac-12 announced its weekly awards Monday.

Woods led No. 7 WSU with a career-high 11 tackles during Saturday’s 69-28 romp of Arizona at Martin Stadium. In addition to the first double-digit tackle game of his career, Woods also had a hand in two of the Cougars’ four turnovers, forcing one fumble and recovering another.

The San Diego native also added a tackle-for-loss in the Cougars’ 41-point win – one that saw the defense tally eight tackles-for-loss, four sacks and hold the Wildcats to 3.4 yards-per-carry.

Behind fellow inside linebacker Peyton Pelluer, Woods ranks second on the Cougars with 68 total tackles on the season – 44 of those solo and another 24 assisted. He’s had 4 1/2 tackles-for-loss, three sacks, one interception, two quarterback hurries, four forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries.

“Jahad’s a beast,” Pelluer said. “He was a stud last year, he’s been a stud every since he stepped on this field and this year’s no different. … It’s so much fun playing next to him.”

It’s the second Defensive Player of the Week honor in as many seasons for Woods, a redshirt sophomore who was recognized in 2017 after his game-winning strip-sack of USC quarterback Sam Darnold in an upset win of the No. 5 Trojans in Pullman.

The Cougars have had two other players honored by the conference this season. Kick returner Travell Harris earned Pac-12 Special Teams Player of the Week after his 99-yard kickoff return touchdown against Eastern Washington. Quarterback Gardner Minshew was named Offensive Player of the Week after throwing for 470 yards and two touchdowns in a 59-24 win over the Eagles.

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