Could John Ross of the Washington Huskies be the next De’Anthony Thomas?

Nov. 23, 2012; Pullman, WA, USA; Washington Huskies head coach Steve Sarkisian looks on against the Washington State Cougars during the second half at Martin Stadium. The Cougars would go onto beat the Huskies by a final score of 31-28 in overtime. Mandatory Credit: James Snook-USA TODAY Sports

Now let’s get one thing clear: there is only one De’Anthony Thomas. I mean, maybe Snoop Dogg has clones of him stashed away somewhere down in California, but right now it’s safe to assume Thomas is a one-of-a-kind talent. However, head coach Steve Sarkisian thinks freshman John Ross has the skill and the speed to be for the Huskies what Thomas is for the Ducks and what Reggie Bush was for USC.

For those of us that hate the Huskies, that’s a scary thought.

The 5-foot-11, 173-pound Ross may start for Washington in the season opener against Boise State. Sarkisian, who has said the freshman is the fastest player he’s seen since Bush, spoke about how he thinks Ross will handle playing in front of a packed house on national television:

I feel good. We put him in as many tough situations as we could. I can’t recreate 70,000 people; that’s the part that I can’t do. We’ve done everything from the hotel, to the uniforms, to the Dawg Walk to pregame warm-ups to putting him back there on punts with live punt coverage — all those things. But until he actually has to do it (in a game), we’ll see. But I feel good about it. He’s got a great demeanor about himself (The Seattle Times).

Let’s hope Ross makes plenty of spectacular plays this season and lives up to the hype. It’ll certainly give Washington fans something to be excited about as their team goes 7-6 again.

(Just kidding! Only not. See you on Oct. 12.)

[Source: The Seattle Times]

Topics: De'Anthony Thomas, John Ross, Washington Huskies

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