Aug. 8, 2007
Junior safety Jason Wells is one of the key returning starters on what will be a young Washington defense this fall. He enters his second camp as a Husky this fall. GoHuskies.com caught up with Jason:
GoHuskies.com: Jason, what are you looking forward to now that practice has started and that tough schedule looms ahead?
Jason Wells: We're not really worried about the schedule yet. We're worried about Syracuse because that's our first game. I'm excited to see some of the freshmen step up. I'm excited about the defensive backs and how we've gotten closer since the spring and stepped up our game to fill voids. We did a lot of hard work during the summer and we are hoping that shows up in the fall.
JW:Losing those players was big, but we have guys that will step in a fill the spots. Mesphin Forrester will play some strong safety and we have Jordan Murchison at corner. Plus we have some key returners as well, like Roy Lewis, who will help carry the load.
GH: How important is it that you have guys with experience that can step into new roles this year?
JW:It will be very important. Those guys that have played will know what we are trying to do and the new guys will get to see that and not have to learn on the fly. I actually think that may be the most important thing, that we have guys who have already played that can just step right in.
GH: What did you do during the summer?
JW:During the summer I was here most of the time. I went home for a little bit, but basically I just worked out with the team and tried to keep getting better.
GH: What did you see from the team during the summer?
JW:I saw confidence. We came out and worked hard in weight lifting, running, everything. We knew exactly what we needed to do and we just did it.
GH: Is it different to see the Pac-10 as strong as it looks to be this year?
JW:It's not different. Last year was my first year being in this conference, but I realized right away that any team can beat you on any given day. We learned that the hard way obviously. At the end of the day though there is no excuse, we just have to go out everyday and give it our all. Nothing less should be accepted.