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Marques Tuiasosopo's ESPN Chat Transcription
Release: 10/07/1999
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Oct. 7, 1999

Strick: How do you keep the "student" in student-athlete with all the demands on your time? Do most players work hard at their studies, or does football come first?

Marques Tuiasosopo: There is no question that we have to spend time on our homework in order to stay eligible. Our studies and football pretty much take up all our time. There's not much free time after that.

Ross: I was wondering what Coach Rick Neuheisel was like the week of the Colorado game? Was he excited about playing his old team?

Marques Tuiasosopo: He was focused. He kept everything in, but we could see that he really cared about that game. He didn't let it all out until after we won. He was calm and cool, but intense.

Tom: After two emotional games, what is the message for this weekend's game against OSU? What steps are the coaching staff taking to make sure you guys are focused?

Marques Tuiasosopo: This game means a lot. All of the Pac-10 games mean a lot. We're coming off two emotional games, and we're not going to forget what got us those two wins -- hard work and practicing smart and efficiently. We can't sit here and feel too good about those two wins or we'll become complacent.

The coaches have kept on us to keep the tempo up in practice and to eliminate the little mistakes.

UWAveRat: Your accuracy last week was unbelievable. Has the success of the rushing attack taken some of the mental pressure off you, and if so, has that contributed to you throwing the ball more effectively?

Marques Tuiasosopo: There's no question that the run has opened up the rest of the offense. Being able to run keeps defenses honest. They can't sit back in zones. I've worked hard at my accuracy, but most of the credit goes to the line. Our ability to run has opened up the passing game.

Go Huskies: How would you assess your performance so far this season, individually and team-wise? Do you think the Huskies can win the Pac-10?

Marques Tuiasosopo: I'm coming along and learning each day. I'm getting more confident and the team is feeling good right now.

It's a long season and anything can happen. We'll take it one game at a time, and that's where our focus is. If we stay focused, we'll be in the race.

Dawg Lover: This year's option offense is obviously much different from last year's more traditional UW offense under Lambright. Have you found the transition difficult and do you think the transition was a factor in your first two losses?

Marques Tuiasosopo: No. We have our game plans each week. Our coaches had good game plans in our first two games, we just didn't execute them. In our last two wins, we've been able to execute a lot better.

Max: Coming from Washington, I've followed you for a while. I was wondering who you most copied your style from, what QBs that is?

Marques Tuiasosopo: I haven't really copied any individuals. I admire a lot of different QBs. My favorite was Joe Montana. He was probably the best decision-making quarterback ever. That's what I want to be.

Steve Young is a gamer and Elway and Marino have quick releases and guns for arms. There are a lot of quarterbacks that I study to become a better quarterback.

HuskyDave: What is the strength of the Oregon State defense that you will face Saturday?

Marques Tuiasosopo: They have 11 guys who have motors running for four quarters. They are a tough group with some good athletes. They are hungry and they don't give up at all.

Phat Phalcon: A few years ago, could you see yourself throwing the ball so tremendously well? I think you threw the ball about 30 times in your years under Terry Agnew at Woodinville.

Marques Tuiasosopo: When I was a kid, I dreamed about playing at the college level. I always felt I could develop into that type of QB. Anyone playing at this level believes they can do that.

UWTom: Was that play when you started to hand the ball off to the running back, then pulled it back and ran with it, designed, or did you improvise it on the spot?

Marques Tuiasosopo: It's one of our option plays. It was a fake to the fullback and I found the cutback lane that I used to get the first down.

Jake Scherrer: You have probably heard all the talk about the Pac-10 being weak this year. What is your assessment on that? Do you feel that the Huskies are in contention for the title this year?

Marques Tuiasosopo: It's kind of a wild year in the Pac-10 because there isn't a dominant team this year. It's wide open, but I think it's that way across the nation. There are a lot of good teams this year.

Jon: The University of Washington has had a wealth of great quarterbacks. There are a lot of them in the NFL right now. What ex-Husky QB do you admire the most?

Marques Tuiasosopo: I probably admire Brock Huard the most. He's done a lot for me. I always enjoy watching Mark Brunell play, too. There are a lot of great quarterbacks from here in the NFL, and that's part of the reason I chose to come here. I want to keep that tradition alive.

Hugh Millen stops by every once in awhile as does Cary Conklin. Warren Moon came to a couple of practices, too. It's always nice when those guys come back to support us.

Jake: I am over here in Pullman right now, even though I am a Husky. What can we expect from this year's Apple Cup?

Marques Tuiasosopo: It will be a battle -- like all of those games are. It's a long time from here, but I'm sure it will come down to the end and be an exciting game like they usually are.

Thanks for the support of Husky football. We love you guys and we'll continue to put a team on the field that will battle and that you can be proud of.

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