Q&A with Wes Call
Oct. 10, 2000
How was the Husky offense, specifically the offensive line, able to have success against Oregon State's defense in Saturday's game?
Call: "Their defense had a lot of speed everywhere. They had safety types playing middle linebacker, so we had to deal with that speed. On my end, I had a really wide technique with a really fast guy. Our plan was to slow them up and make them be aware of our other weapons like draws and such to slow them down. Then, when they slowed down a little bit, bust out with our speed."
How was Oregon State different from other defenses we have played?
Call: "It was a lot different on my side, because of the wide technique. They were fast up the field, they were conscious of a lot of the things that we did, like our speed on the outside. They were flying up the field, that was the most different thing."
How do you prepare for a defense like that?
Call: "Personally, I just work on the little things, my steps. My kick step was what I worked on all week, so I could make it fast enough for him, to offset his speed."
The next game is at Arizona State. Anything or anybody you are watching for in the tapes this week? How does the fact that this is a road game factor into the game plan?
Call: "Arizona State always has a good crop of defensive ends, so that is what I am going to be looking at closely, the defensive ends and linebackers. It is going to be a rowdy crowd. Arizona State is obviously a great team. We are really looking forward to playing them. The way we look at it is, we are going on the road again. We have something to prove on the road. We have proved ourselves at home, we just have to win on the road. To win on the road, we have to win another game, so it is a factor in the season. You prefer home games, and this crowd, you miss them."
Speaking of the crowd, how does that effect you on the offensive line?
Call: "At Oregon, I didn't hear one snap count. You can't really hear the checks, or anything that Marques (Tuiasosopo) is saying so you have to try and read his lips. That has a big effect on us. If we here some sort of check or snap count, I try to turn around and try to hear the call echoed down the line. Kyle (Benn) says something to Chad (Ward), Chad says something to me, I say something to Jerramy (Stevens) and pass it on down the line."
Why did you become an offensive lineman?
Call: "Ever since I can remember I have been an offensive lineman. That is where I fit in the puzzle. I love working with all the guys. You can work closely with five other guys. Everyone is meant to do something, and this is what I was meant to do, play o-line."
Being on the offensive line, all eyes are on you because you have to protect the quarterback, is there any pressure in that?
Call: "It is not really pressure because he (Marques) handles it the way he does. We have a lot of confidence in Tui. So there is no real pressure, it is not something I have to do but something I like to do. He is a real easy guy to work with."
If a sack does occur, is there is any tension there?
Call: "He knows that if I somehow make a mistake and he gets sacked, he knows that it might happen, but that is not going to happen again. He thinks the same thing. I don't question him and he doesn't question me. He knows we are going to do our job."
As an offensive lineman, you don't get a lot of respect or glory, is that okay with you?
Call: "The guys on the team know what is going on. The guys on the team and the coaches know what we do. That is more important than anything, that our teammates know. As long as we get the `W' I don't care."
Being a senior, how does this compare to past year's offensive lines?
Call: "Last year, I was a new guy coming in. so it was more of a feeling out process of who was what and getting a feel for everyone's personality. This year, it seems like we are a really tight group. We each know what everyone is doing and we all worked hard all year and all summer together. It seems like more of a tight knit group. Everyone wants to do well for each other. It helps a lot on the field, because I can look down the line and know that he is going to do his job the best he can and he knows he can count on me to do the same, no questions about it."
It has been said that the offensive line is the tightest group of players on the field, is that true with this team off the field as well?
Call: "We all hang out together all of the time. We all know what each other is doing if we ever have any free time. If we do actually have more free time, when we can actually hang out together, we are together. Right now, during the season, we really don't have a lot of free time, we only have one day. We like to go out, sit around and talk. We pretty much just go get something to eat, or sit around."
What impact does being 4-1 at this point have on the team as far as motivation?
Call: "The motivation is looking at the loss and having the feeling that we did. Never wanting to have that feeling again is more motivation than anything. The season is going good so far. So far, so good. The loss set us back, but I think it put something more in our heads. We know we easily could have won that game. They didn't beat us, we beat ourselves. We know that the key to winning is just not beating ourselves. No one can beat us. We go game by game. Every single game, if we win the battle up front, we are going to win the game. We might make a few mistakes here and there, but if we do our jobs we are not going to lose."
What is the most important part of your job as an offensive lineman?
Call: "My most important job is just doing what I am taught to do, get my fundamentals right, block the guy the way I am supposed to. If I do, everything will fall into place. That is how our offense is designed."
Is there any other position you wish you could play?
Call: "What I do miss is playing defense. I played defense in high school. I would like to be somewhere on the defensive side tackling again. That is what I miss most, trying to make a tackle, because it was fun."
What do you do to get pumped up for a game?
Call: "I don't really talk to anyone. I just stay by myself and think in my little head, and try to get in my zone. I just go over plays over and over, what their defense looks like, and what I am going to do."
Being from California, what landed you here at the University of Washington?
Call: "When I came on my recruiting trip here, I knew this is where I was supposed to be. The whole program, everything. The support we have is outstanding."
Tell me something about you that a lot of people do not know.
Call: "I am a real tight family guy. My brothers are all real close to me and my nieces and nephews are all real close to me. I am just a real family guy."
Being a family guy, how did moving away from home to Washington effect things?
Call: "It was real hard at first, moving away from them. They realized it was something that I had to do, but we keep in touch. We talk every day or every other day. They come up and watch the games, so it is not too difficult."
What is your favorite class at UW?
Call: "Right now, it is a negotiations class, because I am learning how to debate, and get my way."
What is your favorite movie?
Call: " `Braveheart.' It is a great movie, one of my favorites. I like it because of the whole hero aspect, and taking up a personal cause like that, trying to raise up against a higher power and doing it successfully."
What is your favorite sport besides football to watch and why?
Call: "Basketball. I played in high school. It is fun sport to play and watch."
Why did you chose to play football instead of basketball?
Call: "It is the physical aspect more than anything. I actually get to make contact with people and not foul out of a game. I did my fare share of fouling out of games."
Have you been keeping track of the Major League Baseball playoffs?
Call: "My Giants and A's lost, so not really. I am not a big baseball fan, but I was trying to watch them, my hometown teams."
What are your favorite pro sports teams besides the Giants and A's?
Call: "My favorite pro football team is Minnesota and pro basketball team is Golden State. I am not a fair weather fan."
Who is your favorite athlete to watch?
Call: "I think my favorite athlete to watch right now is (boxer) Roy Jones Jr. To watch him dominate a sport like he has, no one can touch him in his class."
What would you want your mom to have on the table if you were going home to eat right now?
Call: "Actually, I would probably just want my dad to barbecue on the grill. Maybe a steak and some potatoes.
Being a big guy, do people ever get intimidated or question you about your size?
Call: "I don't think people really get intimidated. It is more like I go somewhere and people are like `Woh, you are so tall. How tall are you?' You don't know how many times I hear that a day. It is ridiculous. I am 6-7. People seem so surprised. That is the question I get asked everywhere I go. And `do you play basketball?' I say `No, I play football.' And then they say, `Oh.'"
Is it hard to buy things like clothes and cars being that tall?
Call: "It is really hard to buy stuff. You mostly order things from catalogs and go to big and tall shops. As far as cars, you just have to find one that fits you. My car is an old '69 Cadillac Convertible, I fit comfortably it that thing. It is my dream car, because of the look, everything. The way I fit in there, it is perfect."
What kind of music do you like?
Call: "I like all types of music. I can appreciate everything, rock, old rock, and I listen to rap, everything pretty much except for country."
Do you have any hobbies? What do you do for fun?
Call: " Now that the season has started especially, my whole hobby is this (football). If I am not here doing this, I am lifting for this or studying for school. For fun, mostly I just stay active. That is my favorite thing. I don't like sitting around somewhere. I want to be doing something, playing some sort of sport, lifting, or going out. I don't want to be sitting around doing nothing."