Oct. 4, 2006
Scott White, a senior from Lemon Grove, Calif., led the Washington defense in the Huskies' 21-10 win over Arizona at Tucson. White had a team-high 10 tackles, including three tackles for loss (-29) and two quarterback sacks (-25). The Washington defense limited Arizona to minus-seven yards rushing and 308 yards total offense, allowed just 1-of-13 third-down conversions and posted six quarterback sacks for minus-54 yards.
GoHuskies.com: How do feel about winning Pac-10 Defensive Player of the Week?
Scott White: "That is a great honor, it really is. That kind of took me by surprise, I wasn't expecting it. Jeff (Bechtold) and Brian (Beaky) just told me about it, I am excited about it. The award just makes me hungrier, to strive for more, to try to get it again this week. We have a big time game; the team is really counting on me to bring that kind of effort again this week. That is all I am trying to do, improve every week.
GH: So you didn't hear about the award until just now?
White: "I wasn't expecting it, I wasn't thinking about it to be honest with you. I am excited about it, it's great. I didn't even know that I was nominated."
GH: As a senior, does this season feel a little special as the team starts the season 4-1?
White: "Definitely, that has been the talk from most of the seniors this year. Our veteran guys have been here through all of the pitfalls, through all of the negativity surrounding the program, and all of the coaching changes. It finally feels good that your work is being noticed and your work is being satisfied. It has been great so far this season."
GH: How are the younger guys feeling about the season, are they excited for there future?
White: "I am really more excited for them to be honest with you. I tell them all of the time that the best days are yet ahead. I just try to set the right example and leave the right legacy behind, so when it is there time they can pick up where I left off. I tell them to be better than me, be better than C.J. (Wallace), be better than Isaiah (Stanback). Work to be like that, I am really more excited for them and the opportunities that they are going to have."
GH: Do you see the younger players following the veteran's example and working hard for the future of Washington football?
White: "This is really a blue-collar type of group. Coach Willingham and his staff did a great job bringing in the right type of guys with the right type of mentality. They are workers. They are not a bunch of cocky guys; they are quiet and respectful, very respectful. There are a lot of guys I really like and we veterans have embraced them and they have embraced us. We pay them respect and they pay it back to us."
GH: Will you be satisfied with your results as you graduate at the end of the year?
White: "I always told myself when I walk away from the game I want to do it on my own terms. When I leave the game I want to be satisfied with my accomplishments and I gave it my all when I played. Especially with the type of season we are having. I couldn't imagine sitting back and watching the team get off to this great start. I am glad to be a part of it."