Information has been gathered, depth charts solidified, talent assessed, and plays galvanized into the memories of players. The 2012 University of Washington Football Team Fall Camp came to a close yesterday, marking the end of the intensive crash course in Husky Football 101. Upperclassmen are refreshed on the schemes learned over the past few seasons and springs, and the frosh are initiated into the intellectual and physical club that is Division I Football.
This ending signals the beginning of the season. The Dawgs face San Diego State University in less than a week from now at CenturyLink Stadium. But, if camp is just ending, how do players change gears so fast to be ready for the Aztecs on September 1?
“It changes in the sense that you’re finally going against someone other than your teammates. Now your whole mindset changes: game coming up in a week. All of fall camp has been week in and week out going against your teammates, trying to get each other better,” said fifth year wide receiver Cody Bruns.
New Graduate Assistant Andrew Rolin, who played for the University of San Diego at quarterback, repeated that sentiment.
“You get tired of competing against and hitting your own team. You are just ready to go compete against that week’s opponent,” said Rolin.
As Coach Sark touched on at Raise the Woof, this year’s camp has been noticeably tougher, with increased urgency required because of the schedule that the team faces. But don’t think that these pressures are all externally driven. This year’s Dawgs can handle the demands that are placed on them by the staff and their teammates, especially as the talent and maturity rises in the program.
Rolin has also noticed that the University of Washington Football program has a different environment to it as compared to other schools during fall camp.
“There is consistency of energy and passion both in the meetings and the practice fields every day,” he said. “It never comes down.”