A chance to finish ‘unbelievable’ season
By Mason Kelley
SAN FRANCISCO – With Washington gathered in a conference room at the team hotel, Marques Tuiasosopo stepped in front of the Huskies to give his first, and only, Thursday night address of the season.
With all eyes pointed toward the front of the room, Washington’s interim head coach took a moment to thank his players for an “unbelievable” season.
“It’s been one heck of a ride,” he said.
Then he looked around the room and said, “I respect you guys.”
He told the Huskies they put themselves in a position to play one last game in 2013, Friday’s 6:30 p.m. matchup with BYU in the Fight Hunger Bowl at AT&T Park. Then he challenged the team to make the most of this one last chance to step onto the field.
“You guys have an opportunity to show the world what you’re about,” Tuiasosopo said. “You guys are ready to go. I want you to believe in what you are. I don’t have to make it up. These coaches don’t have to make it up.”
The former Washington standout said he sees this group of Huskies as a “tight-knit team,” a group that spent Christmas serving those in need before celebrating with a feast of their own later that night.
“I saw you guys serve at Glide Memorial Church,” Tuiasosopo said. “Serve each other tomorrow night. Serve the seniors. Send them out right. It does something for this program. Because of what they’ve done, freshmen, sophomores and juniors, that’s why you’re here.”
He told Washington’s younger players they were there because of Sean Parker’s big hits and the legacy Keith Price is leaving as “probably one of the best quarterbacks to ever play at this school.”
The Huskies have one more game, one more chance for the seniors to celebrate. One more chance for the program to pick up that elusive ninth win.
“Seniors, go do your thing,” Tuiasosopo said. “You don’t have to change. You don’t have to do anything special. Just keep fighting. Believe. It’s show time in San Francisco.”