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Ross Deflects Credit For Early Season Success

Sep 14, 2014

By Mason Kelley

When John Ross was asked to reveal the secret behind his penchant for explosive plays, the receiver gave the credit to Washington’s coaching staff.

Standing outside the Huskies’ locker room, the sophomore said he is getting the “exact looks we’re getting in practice.”

As he started to praise quarterback Cyler Miles, Danny Shelton passed.

“John Ross needs to work on his speed,” the defensive lineman said with a laugh.

As the senior disappeared around the corner, Ross went right back to giving credit to others.

“Cyler is just putting the ball in great places,” he said.

While he might not want to take credit for his ridiculous performances so far this season, there are plenty of people ready to celebrate his success.

“He’s TREMENDOUS,” receiver Jaydon Mickens said. “I want you to put that in all caps. He’s really stepping up his game and guys are fearing him. He’s getting us open. When that guy goes deep, you have to respect him, and when you don’t, you’re going to pay.”

During the Huskies’ 44-19 win over Illinois on Saturday, Ross made the Illini pay. He caught a 75-yard touchdown pass on a perfectly placed deep ball from Miles.

“It’s a quarterback’s dream to have a guy that fast and that smooth when he’s running,” Miles said. “I’m thankful for him.”

Through three games this season, Ross has caught six passes. Three have gone for touchdowns. He has carried the ball three times and scored once.

“He’s a talented dude,” Miles said. “He comes to practice every day and works. He’s a team guy, a great teammate and, as you can see, he’s a speed guy. He’s talented. It shows.”

When Ross gets in the ball in the open field, he can turn a short gain into a big play. If he is matched up one-on-one in space, he tends to take it to the house. Once he sees green grass, he knows his next stop is the end zone. But when attention comes his way, he deflects it to those around him.

Ask him about confidence, and he will talk about how the team has plenty. Ask him about touchdowns, and he credits his coaches. Ask him about individual moments, and he brings up his teammates.

“I’m just blessed with this opportunity and I just want to take advantage of it every week,” Ross said.