SENIOR REFLECTIONS: Departing Players Reflect
Dec. 3, 2009
Saturday's game vs. California will mark the last time that 15 Husky seniors will run down the tunnel donning the Purple & Gold. Those 15 guys have experienced a lot of ups and downs in their time at Washington and we asked them to reflect on their time at Montlake. Here is a sampling of some of the seniors' thoughts.
What does it mean to you to be a Husky?
Paul Dickey: To me, being a Husky means everything. I've grown up my whole life wanting to be a Husky and put a Husky uniform on. Playing baseball and football in high school I wanted to do that here and my last few years I got a chance to play baseball for the Huskies and now, Coach Sarkisian and the staff have given me the opportunity to come out and be a part of the football team. So, it's meant a lot to me since I had a childhood goal to be a part of the Husky sports teams.
Josh Gage: It means representing a great school with a lot of tradition and just being part of this great Husky family.
Darrion Jones: It means hard work and dedication to be a Husky because this is a tough program and even though we went through a lot of rough things in the past years we stuck through it and kept working hard to get to a positive place. Even though our record has not shown it the way we would have liked it, we still got something positive out of this year.
Paul Homer: It is great tradition here. It means to be a tough guy. It's a prestigious university, so I see myself as a student-athlete and we definitely have a very good school here, so it's tough to be a student-athlete here. We're just all-around good people, so that's what it means to be a Husky.
Danny Morovick: There is a lot that goes into that question. It means you come every day and you work hard to uphold the tradition that is already here and go out and give it your best all the time.
Ben Ossai: I've been a Husky for five years, so it means purple and gold and being the pride of Washington.
T.J. Poe: My time here we have had to persevere because we've been through some hard times and we've had to just keep on working through things. It kind of showed us who we are and the type of people we are. It also means you never give up and keep on playing no matter what.
Morgan Rosborough: It means being a family of a bunch of guys that do the same amount of work as you do and you're all just trying to get the same outcome and that is a win at the end of the day.
E.J. Savannah: It means giving it your all and going out there every day - broken hands or not - and never giving up.
Nick Scott: It means everything to me. I think being a Husky you're part of a historic tradition that a majority of people never get to experience. Just the camaraderie and sense of belonging to a program like this with its history and alumni. Our coaching staff is something special and it's something that I think every Husky takes with them the rest of their lives.
Daniel Te'o-Nesheim: There's a lot of pride in being a Husky. There is a lot of tradition you have to try and uphold. We've struggled and right now I think it means persevering.
Jason Wells: It means a opportunity. It gave me a great shot to be out here and just to get the opportunity in the first place is great.
Where do you see this program in 10 years from now?
Paul Dickey: It's hard for me to say, because I've only been here for a year, but from talking with the guys it is a lot different here than last year and its going towards a good direction. Everything is positive and it looks like the coaches are doing a really good job and it should keep going in a good direction.
Josh Gage: Definitely at the top of the Pac-10. Just the enthusiasm that the coaches bring - and I'm sure they're going to bring in some players - just the attitude, I definitely see it being a real promising program in the future.
Paul Homer: I see them contending for national championships, being in BCS Bowl Games, being ranked in the top 25, being a program that people will have a target on.
Darrion Jones: Back to the way it was when we were winning championships, back to winning Pac-10 Conference Championships, back to the greatness.
Danny Morovick: On the top. Probably looking like Florida is right now. I definitely see that.
Ben Ossai: We're back on top or fighting to be back on top.
T.J. Poe: The best - top 10 year in and year out. I think we're on our way there.
Morgan Rosborough: As a national powerhouse.
E.J. Savannah: I see us as national contenders. I think Coach Sark has put us in the right position where we need to be.
Nick Scott: I see it definitely being on top. I don't even think it is going to take that long honestly. With the direction of the program and the support that we have from Seattle and the community and the state of Washington, the sky's the limit with this program. Unlike a lot of other programs, we have the facilities and the resources to do really great things here. Just the environment here is very conducive to being successful. I see success coming in the very near future.
Daniel Te'o-Nesheim: In good hands and winning lots of games.
Jason Wells: On top of the Pac-10 winning national championships. With Coach Sark, they're going to get it done.
What will you miss most about playing Husky football?
Paul Dickey: I'll miss getting a chance to play, but being part of the team has been a lot of fun. It's a good group of guys and just having the friends on the team and having the experience for me - whether I can get on the field or not.
Josh Gage: Just going out there and running out in front of 70,000 fans. The locker room, the players, the camaraderie of it - I'm going to miss it all. It's been fun!
Paul Homer: Being around the guys, everybody on this team, just the atmosphere.
Darrion Jones: Mostly the team camaraderie and the locker room antics, just being around good people all the time.
Danny Morovick: Definitely game day and running out the tunnel on Saturdays. And, then just always having a reason to be around your friends - lifelong friends.
Ben Ossai: Playing games with these guys. All my great friends are here. During summer workouts, everybody sleeping on the floor of the locker room, just hanging out with the guys. Nothing can beat that.
T.J. Poe: I'll miss the team and being with your brothers and going to battle with your friends.
Morgan Rosborough: The locker room and the antics that go on before practice and after it.
E.J. Savannah: All the guys. I'm from out here, I know a lot of the guys that are from out here too. I've got a lot of good bonds with these dudes.
Nick Scott: My teammates. I'm going to miss messing around with the guys, the times after the games in the locker room horsing around with the other players. For the most part seeing the look in everybody's eyes right before a play and everybody's on the same page and everybody's goal is to accomplish the same thing. I think that something very special and unique to the game of football.
Daniel Te'o-Nesheim: The fun practices and the great people.
Jason Wells: The camaraderie with all the players and going out to practice, sometimes when you don't want to and being able to fight through it with your teammates.
What will you miss most the least about playing football?
Josh Gage: I'm sure of lot of seniors will say it, but those 6:00 a.m. workouts. I'm not going to miss those, but that is about it. I've had a lot of fun here. It's been a good time.
Paul Homer: I'll miss Coach Me (Demetrice Martin) making fun of me the least. Nah! I'm just kidding. I'm not too fond of the morning workouts. I won't miss being up at five in the morning.
Darrion Jones: Early morning workouts!
Danny Morovick: Probably getting yelled at and chewed out when you mess up!
Ben Ossai: The 2008 season.
T.J. Poe: Early morning workouts.
Morgan Rosborough: The early morning wake ups.
E.J. Savannah: Early morning workouts.
Nick Scott: Probably the running and off-season conditioning. Us big guys, we're not really built for running too much. But, it's all part of the plan that makes us better players.
Daniel Te'o-Nesheim: The six o'clock workouts. Definitely.
Jason Wells: The 6 a.m. runs.
What is your best football memory from either here at Washington or before?
Paul Dickey: I think the best memory for me is just putting on the uniform and running down the tunnel. Looking into the stands and going `whoa, there are a lot of people' and playing baseball we don't really have as many fans!
Josh Gage: The SC game is a heckuva memory. The Apple Cup. The ones we won were great memories, but every Saturday of just running out there.
Paul Homer: I'm going to say when we beat Boise State my sophomore year. It was my first year starting and it was a huge game for us. They were ranked in the top 25 and everyone was big on them like they were `America's Team' and we beat them badly.
Darrion Jones: My best football memory is just being accepted at the UW, because it gave me the opportunity to further myself academically and become a whole new person from high school to college.
Danny Morovick: Definitely beating USC this year.
T.J. Poe: Beating SC. It feels like a turning point in our program. We knew that we were good and we knew we've done a lot to change what had happened last year, but we needed to show everyone else what we had been working on. I think the SC win kind of gave us the spirit back in our program.
Morgan Rosborough: Of course. USC 2009! It doesn't get too much better than that.
Nick Scott: After USC, by far, and the elation and the excitement and the look in guys' eyes. I've never seen or experienced something like that in my life and that is a memory that we'll all take with us for the rest of our lives. It's priceless and I won't put a price on that.
E.J. Savannah: Hitting a guy in high school so hard that he flew into the track and here, the SC win is my favorite. It was such a big time win for us and just to be a part of it was good.
Daniel Te'o-Nesheim: Winning the Apple Cup three years ago or this season beating USC for the first time in a long time.
Jason Wells: Although I didn't play in it, the SC game this year.
Who is the most interesting person you have met through football?
Paul Dickey: Fred Wiggs. He is really a character and a comedian. He is comical and a really nice guy.
Josh Gage: Fred Wiggs is a pretty interesting guy. I'll say that!
Paul Homer: Fred Wiggs might be the most interesting person I've met. I will sit down and have a thirty minute conversation with him and not even realize how much time has gone by. That guy has many words of wisdom and many great stories. He is just a good guy to be around.
Darrion Jones: Daniel Te'o-Nesheim
T.J. Poe: Daniel Te'o-Nesheim or Fred Wiggs. Daniel is just a totally different guy on the field than he is off the field.
Nick Scott: There are a couple people. Athletically, Daniel Te'o-Nesheim will be one of the guys I remember because of his tenacity and passion for the game of football. That will be one of the guys I'll be telling my kids about because he never took a play off and always went as hard as he could. And there are a lot of strange guys on the team but Fred Wiggs stands out. He is a clown and really lightens things up and puts a lot of smiles on people's faces.
Daniel Te'o-Nesheim: Coach (Nick) Holt. He is just so intriguing and a really fun guy to listen to.
Jason Wells: Nate Fellner is an interesting person, even knowing I just met him this year.
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