April 29, 2010
The final true "practice" of the 2010 Husky football spring season wrapped up Thursday afternoon. The only thing left on the docket is the Friday Night Lights Spring Game at 6:30 p.m. Friday night at Husky Stadium.
With the season almost at its close, GoHuskies.com caught up with one of the players who, no doubt, put his best foot forward during the spring. Junior tight end Chris Izbicki, a graduate of Lake Washington High, earned praise from the coaches throughout spring and hopes to see an increased role with the fall season rolls around.
Here's what Chris had to say immediately following Thursday's practice:
GoHuskies.com: How important was it for you to have the quality spring that you've had?
Izbicki: It was really important. It was good to come in with our offense already installed. It was good to work on some fine-tuning details and prepare for fall camp to have a full grasp of the offense. We want to go full speed and keeping moving forward as a team.
GH.com: Is that the best part about it being the second year in a system?
CI: Definitely. We had more stuff in this spring than we did all of last season because we were to the point where we had grasped the whole offense. We can keep installing stuff everyday whereas last spring we weren't at the point that we could do that yet.
GH.com: What do bring to the tight end position that can help this team next year?
CI: I can block. I can catch. But, I really like to make the team laugh a lot too, so if it's ever a tight situation or something I can always loosen everybody up. I like to be physical too, so that's something I can bring to the team.
GH.com: Washington has a history of great Husky tight ends, especially physical players like Mark Bruener. Is that something you are striving to be a part of?
CI: You're always shooting to be like those guys. Part of the reason that I came to UW is because it had such a great tight end tradition with so many big names and I knew if I was ever fortunate enough to have my name mentioned with them, that would be awesome.
GH.com: Is there any added fire to taking the program to the next step as a local guy from Kirkland?
CI: It's definitely nice to be a hometown guy. Growing up the Huskies were my team and I always knew I wanted to be a Husky. It would be nice to be part of a team that gets this thing going, being that I'm from here and the Huskies have always been my team.
GH.com: What's your relationship with Jake Locker as his safety valve and one of the guys that protects him?
CI: Our relationship is really good off the field. I think he feels comfortable throwing me the ball and he knows that if he needs someone to throw the ball to that I'm always going to be there.
GH.com: Any individual goals yet for next season?
CI: Not really. I just want to perform to the highest of my abilities.
GH.com: Any team goals?
CI: [Smiles] Win a Pac-10 Championship.