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Huskies Return To Practice Focused On Finishing Strong

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(1090 The Fan) — A lot has happened around the Washington Huskies football team in the past two weeks.

For the current roster of players, it was a long two weeks and returning to the practice field to prepare for its Fight Hunger Bowl match-up against BYU on December 29th, felt better than usual.

“I’m telling you, it has been a long two weeks,” sophomore defensive back Marcus Peters said. “It feels good to get our body back, though, for sure. Just to get some rest and come back out here on the weekend and get some quality football in. It’s feeling good to get our legs back underneath us.”

And now the focus for the football team transitions to finishing the season strong, reaching a pedestal that hasn’t been attained in over a decade and sending the senior class off on a positive note.

“We’ve got a big goal ahead of us: We’ve got to get to nine wins which hasn’t been done here since 2000,” said Peters.

Leading the team as it prepares to achieve that goal will be interim head coach Marques Tuiasosopo, the quarterback of the 2001 Rose Bowl team which was the last Washington football team to win nine or more games in a season. It is a new role for Tuiasosopo who spent the entire season as the Quarterbacks Coach, but one that he is obviously excited about and ready to learn from.

“Huskies always help Huskies out,” Tuiasosopo said. “I was thrilled to be able to help them out in this role. I’m excited about this opportunity. It’s a great experience for me.

“My priority really has just been to focus on (the players) and just get them back on track with their mindset. When honestly, we just finished finals week, I said, ‘Alright, let’s focus on that, let’s finish strong.’ We’ve always talked about, ‘We don’t change, circumstances don’t change us.'”

The interim coach said his team is virtually 100 percent healthy and the seniors are taking over leadership of a team that looked energetic and enthusiastic, Friday.

No doubt it will be a little different for the team the next two weeks with a fractured coaching staff and the new head coach staying away from major coaching duties until after the season’s conclusion. That said, these players are focused on one thing.

“We’re ready to play the bowl game…It’s what we dedicated our whole offseason to, taking that next step,” said senior safety Sean Parker.

Added coach Tuiasosopo: “If we can get this thing to nine games, I think Husky fans and our school will be very proud of the accomplishment of this team this year and as they move forward it will be a great platform to jump off of to bigger and better things.”

-Anthony Dion, 1090 The Fan

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