Sept. 19, 2006
C.J. Wallace, a senior from Sacramento, Calif., led the Washington defense in the Huskies' 21-20 win against Fresno State. Wallace posted a game and career-high 17 tackles, 10 individual, including two tackles for a loss and forced a fumble. The Washington defense limited Fresno State to 297 yards total offense.
GoHuskies.com: "How do you feel after winning the Pepsi Defensive Player of the Game Award and the Pac-10 Defensive Player of the Week Award?"
C.J. Wallace: "It feels good, I feel like I am finally getting out of the ditch. After not playing for a long time, I'm starting to get my confidence back; my confidence is really sky high right now. It just feels real good. The team's confidence is back, everyone just feels real good."
G.H.: "Has the attitude in the locker room changed after opening the season 2-1?"
Wallace: "Oh yeah. There is definitely a winning attitude. That is all we need, just a good attitude. Everyone is really positive; all that we talk about is winning. If it doesn't have anything to do with winning, it isn't in our head."
G.H.: "Are you ready to begin Pac-10 play?"
Wallace: "It feels real good going in there two and one. With some wins under the belt the team has their confidence, we are ready to go into the Pac-10 and play with some fire.
G.H.: "Do you feel like Husky Stadium is becoming the old Dog House?"
Wallace: "I sure hope so, by the looks of things on Saturday it seems like they were back into it. Even though it wasn't packed in there and sold out, you could definitely feel their presence. The fan's presence was definitely felt and helped us throughout the game."
G.H.: "Do you feel as though the season is becoming what you want as a senior?"
Wallace: "Oh yeah, our coaches tell us all of the time that this is our last year. They remind us every chance that they get that this is the last year and ask us what we want to be remembered for. It has got to be a time where we are just done with all of this losing. This is a new beginning, we are trying to start things for the future of this school and this program. This season is for the future players coming to UW, I don't want to end on a bad note."