Sept. 24, 2005
The Huskies are renowned for producing stellar safeties. From the likes of Lawyer Milloy, Tony Parrish and Hakim Akbar, the Huskies have seemingly had excellent last-lines of defense. Junior C.J. Wallace is quickly proving that he deserves a spot on that illustrious list.
The native of Sacramento, Calif., led the Huskies with 17 tackles against Notre Dame on Saturday, the first UW player with 15 or more tackles since Scott White in 2004. Wallace was not really impressed by his personal statistics though; it was the stellar play of the Notre Dame offensive that caught his eye.
"Notre Dame was really, really physical," said Wallace. "They had a lot of really big receivers. What can I say, we lost today, but we've got to come back and get ready for next week."
Wallace and the rest of the Husky defense did its best to hold up its end of the bargain and keep them in the game. Ultimately, the Huskies made too many mistakes and the Fighting Irish were more than game to make the Huskies pay.
"We've got to eliminate those mistake, point blank," said Wallace. "When it's third down, and time to get off the field and put their special teams on the field we've got to stop them. When it's time to score, we've got to score. We had a lot of chances."
Linebacker Scott White echoed Wallace's sentiments. "I'm sick and tired of saying `almost' or `a couple plays here or there,' but that's the reality of it. I think we're close to being a great football team. I think people are starting to realize, and I know my teammates believe this, that we're really close to being a great football team."
With a 1-3 record, it may be hard to convince the skeptics of White's argument. But there is little arguing that with more days like Saturday's performance, Wallace is quickly on his way to greatness.