Erik Folk Happy To Be Kicking Again

Aug. 18, 2009

The Washington football team continues its preparation for the 2009 season today, Tuesday, with a 3:00 p.m. afternoon practice, its 10th of the fall camp season. Make sure to check back at this location later this evening for a report on practice.

In the meantime:

Sophomore placekicker Erik Folk has spent the last two seasons watching from the sidelines, primarily due to injury. But, as he enters his third year on the Husky roster, he's the favorite to take over the place kicking duties.

Generally regarded as the one the nation's top-10 kickers out of powerful Notre Dame High School in Los Angeles, Folk comes from an athletic family. His oldest brother, Nick, was a standout kicker at Arizona and is currently in his third season with the Dallas Cowboys. Another brother, Greg, played soccer at UCLA and has played professionally in Europe.

Earlier this fall, caught up with Erik. Here's what he had to say: How has the beginning of fall camp gone so far for you?

Erik Folk: It's going alright, the first couple of days didn't go as well as I hoped, but I'm picking it back up again. You must be pretty excited to get back on the field after missing the last two seasons due to injuries. What have you been doing to prepare for this upcoming season?

Folk: Yeah I'm really excited to get back, I mean it's been kind of tough because I've been basically out for the last two years and it's been tough to get back into shape where I once was, I've been doing my best and working my hardest to get back on the field. You're from the Los Angeles area. Your Brother Nick went to Arizona and you were a pretty big fan of the Wildcats. So, what drew you to Seattle area?

Folk: I visited UW in October of my senior year in high school and I loved it right away. The area is beautiful and I've never been in a place like this, and loved it from the first time I saw it. The change of scenery is nice, Seattle is a lot greener and has seasons compared to being summer all year around, and that attracted me to this area. We hear that you were a pretty good soccer player back in high school and your brother Greg players at UCLA. Was there any chance that you would have played soccer instead of football?

Folk: No not really, I was never as good as either one of my brothers at soccer, so the chance was never there. Is there anything that goes on different during practices for you compared to the other positions such as are you on your own schedule or how do you interact with the other positions?

Folk: Well for the first part of practice I work with the DB's, and help them with their drills so I've got to know them pretty well, but the rest of practice we still interact with the rest of the team so I don't feel separated or anything along those lines. As a kicker are there any traditions or pre game routines that you go through?

Folk: I usually don't do anything different than the rest of the team, focusing on the day and visualizing what you're going to do out there, and then going out there and doing it. What is it like kicking and being at a game in Husky Stadium?

Folk: It's great! The home games here are awesome and the atmosphere and how loud it gets it just amazing even at practices when it isn't a packed house but fans are still here it's a sweet stadium to kick in.

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