Fouch Confident In Leading Huskies

Sept. 27, 2008

SEATTLE -- After Washington's 35-28 loss to Stanford on Saturday, everybody wants to get to know Ronnie Fouch a little better. And, in the second quarter, many of them got acquainted with him fairly quick, when he was called upon to fill in for starting quarterback Jake Locker due to a broken right thumb.

'I was standing behind coach Lappano and I saw Jake throw a pass and grab his hand,' Fouch said. 'I saw that it hurt and I had to mentally prepare myself to go out there.'

Fouch came in and kept the Huskies in the game all the way to the end, when the UW bid for an onside kick came up long, completing 13 of 27 pass attempts for 186 yards and a touchdown. Fouch helped the Huskies engineer three touchdown drives, including one he finished by completing a five-yard pass to Jermaine Kearse.

'It was just getting comfortable in the game,' Fouch said. 'And Stanford mixed up their stuff. They blitzed a lot in the first half and disguised a lot in the second half.'

Fouch said that playing behind a scrambling quarterback like Locker made him always prepared in case of an injury.

'Every game I go into I feel like I've got to be ready. I've got to be making throws on the sideline and mentally preparing for what the defense does,' he said. 'It has to switch quick because I'm going into the game, so I had to switch and get confidence because you can't move the ball without confidence.'

And although the redshirt freshman from Redlands, Calif. aptly moved the Huskies offense down field on several occasions, he is not happy with the result.

'We lost so I would consider it a failure,' he said. 'I'm just a guy who wants to win -- I'll do anything to win.'

And with Locker sidelined indefinitely with a broken thumb, Fouch will get a chance to lead the Huskies to victory at Arizona on Saturday, which is all he's thinking about now.

'All I'm thinking about is Arizona. All I'm thinking about is coming into tomorrow and getting treatment and getting ready for Arizona,' he said. 'I want to have a good week and get some reps in at practice so that's going to help me get more comfortable.'

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