Spring Football Profile -- Seth Lacey

April 18, 2003

Corvallis, Ore. - You want to talk about big shows to fill? Yes, Aric Williams has big shoes to fill with the graduation of Dennis Weathersby; Yes, Jonathan Pollard has some big shoes to fill with the void of Erik Tuma; Yes, Henry Anderson has some big shoes to fill with the loss of Eric Manning. But, does anybody have bigger shoes to fill than junior strong linebacker Seth Lacey? Lacey has moved to the top of the depth chart at a position where Nick Barnett made 24 starts, was the Pac-10 Conference's top tackler last season, and who will likely be an NFL draftee at the end of the month.

Lacey played in all 13 games last season and recorded 18 tackles. He has experience playing at linebacker and on special teams.

Lacey is a liberal arts major from Eugene. He played at Churchill High School with current teammate Tim Euhus, where he excelled at running back and linebacker. Lacey was selected a member of the prestigious Long Beach Press-Telegram Best in the West team after he was tabbed the Midwestern League's Co-MVP at running back. He attended Corvallis High School his first two years as a prep and rushed for 117 yards and two touchdowns in the season finale vs. Crescent Valley as a sophomore.

The following is a question and answer with Seth after a recent spring practice:

Q. You're not the only individual on the roster who is expected to fill the void created by the graduation of a starter, but you may be the most watched of those individuals. Do you feel any pressure this spring?

A. 'I try not to thing about that. My goal is to come to practice everyday and do the best I can. I'm trying to learn the new defense and develop into a player as good or better than Nick Barnett.'

Q. Not only are you being asked to fill in for an all-star performer, but also learn a new system. What was your mindset entering spring practice?

A. 'It's a matter of working hard everyday and learning as much as possible. We add new schemes everyday, so I have to stay focused on learning and making the correct decisions. It's a matter of doing the best I can.'

Q. Did you work harder this offseason knowing you were probably going to play a bigger role for this team?

A. 'I pushed myself harder than I have the last couple of years. I knew I was going to play a big role this season, so I wanted to be in the best shape possible and take advantage of my opportunity.'

Q. What are some of the big differences with this defense under coach Mark Banker as compared to Craig Bray?

A. 'There are a lot of similarities in terms of the defense ... no significant differences at all. We have a group of new coaches and I really like what they are teaching. This is a young staff for the most part, and there is a lot of enthusiasm within the staff.'

Q. What do you say to people who ask about the losses on defense and their perceived thoughts that this unit can't be as good as it has been?

A. 'I don't buy that at all. We have a lot of young guys who have experience. We are excited about this season and we'll be as good or better than last year's unit.'

Q. There seems to be a lot less 'woofing' in practice this year. Is that something the coaching staff talked with the team about?

A. 'We have tried to keep the conflicts down to a minimum. There is still a lot of intensity on the field, but the goal is to try to curb the personal foul penalties that we have incurred the last few seasons. We are just as intense as we have been, but we understand there is a limit.'

Q. Last year at this time the team had a burning desire to rebound off of a poor 2001 season. Does this team have goals for the upcoming season?

A. 'The most basic goal is to do the best we can...the ultimate goal is to play in the Rose Bowl or play for the national championship.'

Q. How important is it for a majority of this team to work out together this summer?

A. 'It's a big deal. I think almost the entire team is going to be around this summer. The harder we work in the spring and summer has a direct correlation to how we will fare this fall.'

Q. What are your personal goals for this spring?

A. 'Work as hard as I can this spring to learn the defensive system, and then improve on things that I can do to become a better player.'

Q. Do you have an emphasis within your liberal arts major?

A. 'Behavioral science is my emphasis, but I'm not completely sure what I want to do with my degree.'

SPRING FOOTBALL NOTESThe team will practice at Reser Stadium Sat., April 19 at 12:30 p.m. A scrimmage will be held the last half of the practice. Poor weather may force the practice to the Truax Center.

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