Aug. 10, 2006
Senior offensive guard Stanley Daniels is the only returning starter on a young Husky offensive line, and he does not take that responsibility lightly. After playing in all 11 games in 2005 and starting seven at left guard, Daniels has proven leadership experience that will be necessary for a productive Husky offense. After graduating with a degree in political science in 2006, Daniels' focus this season is all football. With dreams of the NFL and Rose Bowl hopes for the 2006 season, he is ready to kickoff his senior season. Daniels sat down with GoHuskies.com at the team's first media day of the season to talk about his final year in the purple and gold.
GoHuskies.com: What are your thoughts on the season?
Stanley Daniels: "I think we are going to have a really good season. I am very excited for camp, and can't wait for our season to come so we can show everyone else how we feel."
GH: How did you spend your summer?
SD: "I was here the whole time. I spent a week and a half at home, and went to the beach a couple of times, but for the most part I was here working out."
GH: What will your season be like without having classes to attend?
SD: "Now it's all football. Camp is usually that time of year where you are doing all football with no distractions, and that will probably be what it is like when school starts as well."
GH: As the only returning starter on the offensive line, what will your role look like this season?
SD: "It is my job to make sure I don't keep all of my knowledge to myself. With all of the experience that I have, through my play and my leadership I have the challenge of getting everyone else on the same page."
GH: What are your thoughts on your senior season?
SD: "I feel excited. It is a big deal, and I never thought I would be here already. It came kind of slowly, because I have had three different head coaches and five different offensive line coaches. But now that it is here I am excited and I want to leave with a ring on my finger and with my hopes high for the next level."
GH: What are your personal goals and the team's goals for the season?
SD: "My personal goals are to go to a Rose Bowl or better. When you go to a Rose Bowl that means you won, and you've gotten accolades and that all comes from winning. The team's goals are the same."
GH: What team are you most looking forward to playing this year?
SD: "All of them. Like Coach says, that one team can knock you out of a bowl game. My brother Mickey Pimentel is a linebacker at Cal so that will be a special game. He's from San Diego too and we have been tight since we were six years old so I call him my brother because we have always been really close. We both went to the same high school and grew up in the same situation so it is going to be a fun game."
GH: Who will surprise people this season?
SD: "I think our offensive line is going to surprise people, and that our running game is going to surprise people. I think Anthony Russo is going to surprise people. We have a lot of players on our team that are really good and I think people are going to be shocked overall by our team."
GH: What are your plans after the season?
SD: "To get ready for the NFL. Hopefully I am rested from a bowl game and am signing with a team and getting ready for the NFL. I would love to play back home in San Diego, or stay up here with the Seahawks but I will play anywhere. It is a life-long dream that I have had, and I would be blessed and grateful to go anywhere."
GH: Do you have any pre-game superstitions?
SD: "I always put my shoes on two minutes before we go down the tunnel. My shoes are the last thing that go on. I am always the last to get dressed."
GH: What has been your favorite moment during your Husky career?
SD: "The Apple Cup my freshman year. I was in a sling because I just had shoulder surgery. We won the game, after going back and forth with the Cougars, and it was just a great game. Nate Robinson had that great interception, Reggie Williams was having an awesome game and Kai Ellis was just going off, and we won the game. I had a sling on, and I grabbed our strength coach at the time and lifted her over my head and my sling fell off. I put it back on and I didn't feel anything, probably because it was so cold, but that was a great moment."
GH: If you weren't playing football right now, what would you be doing?
SD: "I would be in San Diego and I'm not sure what I would be doing."
GH: What is your favorite thing to do when you're not playing football?
SD: "Just relax and not move."