Aug. 8, 2006
GoHuskies.com: Being a returning starter, there's a lot of buzz about you for this upcoming season. What have you done to prepare?
Roy Lewis: "I just worked hard. Taking everything that I did last year and try to improve on it. This past summer I've worked really hard with my teammates. I've tried to better myself for my upcoming junior season. I hit the weights cause it's time to win."
GH: Do you have any personal goals for the upcoming season?
RL: "Basically just to not make the same mistakes, to learn more and grow as a player. I've had a lot of playing time and playing experience, so I've got to take that and transform myself into the player that I know I can be. I want to be one of the best corners on this secondary and in this conference."
GH: What are the keys to the season on the defensive side of the ball?
RL: "We need to go out and make plays. We need to take advantage of opportunities that arise. We want to come together as a unit, as far as the secondary is concerned. We have a lot of returning guys, so we should be one of the best secondaries in the Pac-10. We've been learning together and watching film together. And we all know the system, so that's what we're working towards."
GH: How big is the move of Dashon Goldson, a high school teammate of yours, from safety to corner?
RL: "I think it's a great move. Dashon has the capability to play both safety and corner. That opens up another opportunity for other members of our secondary to come in and play. With the move, we have a nice rotation of everybody going into the game."
GH: How will the move directly affect your role in the secondary?
RL: "It doesn't really affect my role directly. It's great to have my teammate from high school out there with me. We'll be on the same page; we've been playing together, so there's chemistry there. It's a great move I think."
GH: You guys open up at home versus San Jose State, your former school. Do you have any feelings about facing your former teammates?
RL: "Not really. I'm ready to play anybody for the first game. It just so happens that San Jose is the first team that we have to play. It's going to be interesting. It's going to be a good game. I'm just ready to go."
GH: Are there any friends that you're looking forward to see and play against?
RL: "I definitely have some friends on the team. There are a couple of buddies that I still keep in contact with. I look forward to seeing them."
GH: The big-time away game this season is at Oklahoma. Are you excited to play on that type of stage?
RL: "Definitely, definitely, definitely. That's a big-time game. I'm going to have to make some big-time plays. The whole team is going to have to make some big-time plays. The stage has been set, so we just have to show up and play."
GH: The Pac-10 is always deep at the wide receiver and quarterback positions. Are there any tandems that you look forward to facing?
RL: "We'll take them all. I've been growing and learning from last year's past mistakes. I got all of the jitters out and everything, so now I've just got to perform. We'll take on any receiving core in the Pac-10."