Newest Installment of Andre Carter Diary

Oct. 18, 2000

Berkeley, CA - Andre Carter Diary - October 18, 2000

I'm happy I'm able to write this diary after a big win. That UCLA game reminded me of our two-overtime game against Arizona in 1997, but this one was even more intense. Beating the No. 13 team in the country is a big win for our team.

When we finally clinched it when Jemeel (Powell) made that interception, I tried to get close enough to give him a hug, but it was a bum's rush on the field and I couldn't get near him.

I never felt so good about a game or more proud of our team. That made me real happy I stayed here for my senior year. I wanted to be with my teammates and enjoy a big victory like that and enjoy the love from the crowd. That's what college football is all about. I know it's not the same when you get to the pros. So, that made it all worthwhile and made me feel I made the right decision.

I had a good game with a couple sacks, but I'm a pretty harsh critic on myself and I saw some things on film I could do better. As a defensive end, I had to maintain containment on the outside, but (Corey) Paus stayed in the pocket and I thought there were a few times I could have made some inside moves to get to him, instead of worrying about him scrambling out of the pocket. Still, overall, it was a good game for all of our defensive line. Holding them to 45 yards on 45 carries is a pretty dominant statistic.

My dad called me on my cell phone as soon as he heard the score, but I happened to be in the shower in the locker room and I missed his call. He left his congratulations on the voice mail and said that now it was his team's (Washington Redskins) turn to get a win. They played well on defense in the victory Sunday over Baltimore (Ravens) so I know he had to be happy.

I didn't really do anything after the game. I was pretty tired. But it was a good tired. That was as good as I've slept in a long time. When you try to sleep after a loss, there's a lot of tossing and turning. But I slept great and woke up with a smile on my face.

On Sunday, KPIX (Channel 5) and wanted me to be on their Sports Wrap-up program. They sent a car over and my girlfriend Jamika and me went over to San Francisco to tape the show at around 9 p.m. Then we had dinner at North Beach Restaurant. I had pasta and a New York steak. It was really great.

I think our team has already turned its attention to Washington. It's another big challenge, but hopefully the momentum we have will carry over. Jamika's brother is Washington tight end Jerramy Stevens, so I'm getting a bunch of tickets for the game for her family. She's already told me not to use that karate stuff I do to keep my quickness up and hurt her little brother. He's not very little. I think he may even go pro early because there's not many tight ends his size who have that type of athletic ability. He reminds me of Tony Gonzalez in some ways. Once the game starts, we're opponents and he'll be pushing me down or I'll be pushing him down. We'll both be trying to win the game for our teams.

Containment is a big issue this week. Marques (Tuiasosopo) creates a lot of problems with his running ability. I've known Tui since we played together in a West Coast-East Coast all-star game in Florida. He's a great guy. He has that quarterback type of mentality, always laid back, joking and enjoying himself. We saw each other at the Pac-10 Media Day in Los Angeles this past August and enjoyed spending time together. The last words we had was that we'll see each other at the U-Dub in October.

The Huskies are big along the offensive line. Most of their guys are like Langston Walker, just big people. We're going to have to utilize our athletic ability and have a lot of heart playing on the road.

I think we're ready to give a good performance.

See you next time.

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