One last push

Tyler Krambrink is one of the few fifth-year seniors who will be a part of the 2003 Husky football team. The Eatonville High product, one of the last recruits that former head coach Jim Lambright recruited to Montlake, has battled the injury bug in recent years but is healthy and ready to make a lasting impression in his final year in the purple and gold.

This spring he has worked aside fellow senior, Greg Carothers, at SAM linebacker.

Carothers, a three-year starter at strong safety, is more of the hitter of the two. Krambrink is known more for his speed and utilizes it to cover the field, but isn't afraid to come up with a big hit either.

He says he enjoys battling with the 'Helena Hitman' for the starting spot.

"I think we compliment each other well," Krambrink said. "It's too bad we can't both be out there at the same time."

Through his first four years as a Husky, most people remember Krambrink most for his fumble-forcing special teams hit on Miami's Santana Moss in 2000. That play gave the Huskies momentum early and propelled them to the early-season upset victory over the 'Canes.

From that point on, injuries curbed his development. As a result, Krambrink fell off the radar in recent years. A wrist injury forced him to miss nearly all of the 2001 season. And last year he was utilized almost exclusively on special teams while suffering through nagging injuries.

"It was tough dealing with that," said the linebacker. "Hopefully I can stay free of that injury bug."

Looking ahead to 2003, Krambrink can hardly contain his excitement. He's at full-health for the first time in years, and enjoys the SAM position.

"I like it," he said after a recent practice. "It's kind of like a strong safety position."

Four-and-a-half months remain before the season opener at Ohio State, but it can't come too soon for Krambrink.

As a senior, he'd like nothing more than to go out with a bang.

"I've been here a while but it's gone by fast," he said. "This is my last chance and I've got to get out there and make something happen.

"I think every senior has that drive in them and wants to make something happen in their last season. It's our team. We've been up through the ranks and it's important that we take control out there." Top Stories