In the Trenches with Cody Pickett

Sept. 11, 2002

In just over one full season, junior quarterback Cody Pickett hasestablished himself as one of Washington's elite passers of all-time.Pickett already owns three of Washington's top-10 records for passing yardsin a single game, including a school-record 455-yard output in a 2001 winover Arizona. In that game, Pickett's first since completely separating hisright (throwing) shoulder against USC, he also ran in the game-winningtouchdown from 13 yards out in the final seconds. With nearly two fullseasons of eligibility remaining, Pickett has a chance to surpass BrockHuard for Washington's career passing yards mark. Here's what the formerteam rodeo champion had to say about his season and why Jerry Rice is theone receiver he'd love to have on the field. Is it daunting holding three of the top-10single-game passing records for UW?
Cody Pickett: 'That's something I really don't think about right now.When I get older and away from college, that's something to look back on andbe proud of, but right now my main focus is trying to get wins. I'm notreally worried about the statistics.'

GH: Who's the best defensive lineman or secondary player you've gonehead to head with?
Pickett: 'I don't know if I could single out one. I would say Miami'swhole defensive line. The best DB would be the Miami secondary, all ofthem.'

GH: What kinds of things do defensive players say to try and take youout of your game?
Pickett: 'That's not really something I pay attention to. I've gotso many other things to think about, that I sometimes don't even see theguys' faces on defense. Teammates will say, 'Hey, did you hear that guytalking trash?' I'm really just blocking that out because I have too manyother things to think about.'

GH: What's in your CD player right now?
Pickett: 'Right now it's Jermaine Dupree, the 'Introductions' CD. Ilisten to everything, though. I love country, that's what'll be in my CDplayer before games. I like George Strait, Randy Travis, and Brooks andDunn.'

GH: Where in Idaho are you from?
Pickett: 'Caldwell, baby -- 'C-town.' It's right next to Boise, with apopulation around 26,000. It was cool; you've got the city right there, andall kinds of things to do.'

GH: So the big city of Seattle doesn't really get to you toomuch?
Pickett: 'Nah, not at all. I traveled a lot as a little kid, and havebeen to a lot of places. Seattle's a place I like.'

GH: Do you ever get homesick?
Pickett: 'I definitely get homesick! More so as a freshman, but Istill do. More than being homesick, even, it's really that when I get to gohome it's a good feeling to be able to relax a little bit.'

GH: What pro player would you most like to throw to?
Pickett: 'I'd have to say Jerry Rice, because he's a legend of areceiver.'

GH: You're a pretty clean-cut guy, but I notice you've got a littlebeard going on there. Are you trying to grow a 'Fu Man Chu?'
Pickett: 'It's just that I shave on the weekends and not during theweek, because a fresh shave on a chinstrap doesn't feel very good. I kind oflet it do whatever during the week. It's not a good feeling out at practicewhen you have your chinstrap running all over your chin.'

GH: So this isn't a move to impress the ladies?
Pickett: 'No, not at all.'

GH: But there are plenty of ladies to impress ...
Pickett: (laughs) 'Don't you worry about that.'

contributing to Steve Hitchcock

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