Nov. 14, 2005
SEATTLE - After each win, Coach Tyrone Willingham and the Husky football coaching staff will name players of the game for that week's performance. The honorees from the win last Saturday at Arizona are tailback James Sims Jr., linebacker Evan Benjamin, punt returner Sonny Shackelford, wide receiver Alex Mercier and defensive lineman Daniel Te'o-Nesheim.
Sims, a senior from Las Vegas, Nev., led the Huskies offense with 200 rushing yards and a touchdown on 30 carries, setting new career highs in both yards and carries. He was the first Husky to rush for 200 yards in a game since quarterback Marques Tuiasosopo ran for 207 in a game vs. Stanford in 1999 and the first tailback to break the 200-yard mark since Corey Dillon went for 222 vs. San Jose State in 1996.
Benjamin, a senior from Redmond, Wash., who was also named the Pac-10's Defensive Player of the Week, led the Huskies with 10 total tackles, while also notching a forced fumble, two-and-a-half tackles for a loss, one sack and an interception, which he returned 44 yards.
Shackelford, a junior from Beverly Hills, Calif., returned two punts for a total of 40 yards, including a 24-yard return that was the longest by a Husky in more than two seasons. His 40 yards in punt returns were the most in a game by a UW player this season.
Mercier, a junior from Edmonds, Wash., and Te'o-Nesheim, a freshman from Kailua, Hawaii, were honored for their work on the Huskies' service teams.