Sept. 3, 2007
SEATTLE - After each game, Coach Tyrone Willingham and the Husky football coaching staff will name the Huskies' Pepsi Players of the Game for that week's performance. The winners following the UW's 42-12 win at Syracuse are tailback Louis Rankin, defensive end Daniel Te'o-Nesheim, punter/kicker Jared Ballman, tight end Romeo Savant and defensive end De'Shon Matthews.
Rankin, a senior from Stockton, Calif., rushed for career-highs of 147 yards and three touchdowns on 17 carries, good for a per-carry average of 8.6 yards. He also caught two passes for 10 yards.
Te'o-Nesheim, a junior from Waikoloa, Hawaii, led a defensive front that held the Orange to only eight rushing yards while compiling seven sacks. He had two tackles, including a sack.
Ballman, a junior from San Diego, made his UW debut in fine style, averaging 46.2 yards on four punts. He also handled the kickoff duties, averaging 64.6 yards per kickoff and even made a tackle.
Savant, a freshman from Wahkiakum, Wash., was honored as the service team player of the week for both offense and special teams while Matthews, a sophomore from Sacramento, Calif., earned accolades for his work on the defensive service team, and also saw his first game action at Syracuse.