Aug. 8, 2006
GoHuskies.com: Talk about the differences between last year and this year for you?
Kenny James: "Last year was kind of hard, with the injuries and getting hurt the first day of camp. Sitting out of camp and sitting out of the first two games I felt like I was injured throughout the whole season last year. But entering this season I feel good about myself and I feel good about my team. If we come together and play together I think we can do great things. If I stay healthy I think I can contribute a lot more this year than I did last year."
GH: How much improvement do you see in the team from 2005?
KJ: "A whole of improvement. I think all across the board we all got better. Last year we were still trying to learn the system, still trying to get used to the coaches. Now everyone is a year into the system. We know what's going on, we know what to expect, not only from ourselves, but from the coaches. We all feel comfortable about where we're at, and where we can get to."
GH: What do you think of this season's schedule?
KJ: "We're taking it one game at a time. Starting off with San Jose State, we don't want to underestimate any team."
GH: What are some of the distinct differences between you and Louis Rankin?
KJ: "With Louis' speed and my ability to run between the tackles it will be a good one-two punch. We'll change up the game a little bit, which is cool. Louis and I talk about it all the time, about how I'll push him to get better and he'll push me to get better. Whatever back is out there is going to be the back that's out there. You can't go wrong with Louis or me out there. Louis has the speed and he has some great abilities, some great talents and he showed that last year."
GH: How will it be different for you now that summer workouts are over and you're moving onto fall camp?
KJ: "In some workouts coaches couldn't be there with us. They couldn't see what we were doing or see the atmosphere that we were trying to create amongst ourselves. Now it does feel different. Now everything is in full swing, coaches are here and everything is a lot more organized. It's that time, that time for the season opener and taking all the steps to make sure that we're ready. The media is pretty much the same, it's something we have to deal with, but it's part of our agenda."
GH: What are some of your personal goals for 2006?
KJ: "I just want to stay healthy and win. Whatever I have to do to make sure this team wins, that's what I'm going to do. Of course I want to be the first 1000-yard back since Corey Dillon. I want to be an All-Pac-10 back. That's just the way I think and how I feel. And I feel that if I stay healthy and I work hard and have faith, I can accomplish that."