Washington Huskies defensive Coordinator Pete Kwiatkowski and two of his veteran and star-studded players spoke to the media after their practice Sunday afternoon. The coach’s message of competition and commitment was echoed by senior Ryan Bowman and Elijah Bowmen. The two have been starters the last three years making them leaders on and off the field.
PLAYERS READY AND WILLING TO COMPETING
Having passed the two week point into the fall camp Kwiatkowski says the players and coaches and excited about the opportunity to compete.
Kwiatkowski believes the high level competition could lead to the team having the most productive linebacking unit in the history of the program.
The coaching change has brought on a new vigor for competition every day in practice. Not say there was no competition during the Chris Petersen era, the theme of competition is more prevalent with the players and coaches.
LEGACY AND LEADERSHIP
For Bowman a Pete Athlon preseason All-Pac-12 second team nominee the intention is not only to compete but to set a winning tone that will lead to a championship.
For Bowman if the Huskies are to compete for a conference championship and higher a willingness to put team above self will be the difference maker.
In addition to continuing a winning culture Bowman is intent on leaving a legacy of toughness.
RETURNING FOR SENIOR YEAR OF FUN
The decision for Elijah Molden was brought sighs of relieve and hope for the Huskies team. No wonder the senior from West Linn, Oregon was named to a laundry list of preseason award watchlist. The watchlist included the Jim Thorpe Award , the Chuck Bednarik Award and the William V. Campbell Trophy, and several preseason All-America honors.
The return of Molden adds talent and leadership to the Huskies defensive unit.