Hudson Proving It Every Day

After spending a year on the scout team, to say that defensive end Andrew Hudson was raring to go last week for the start of spring football would be an understatement. By all accounts, the talented redshirt freshman from Redlands, California had an outstanding offseason and now he's focused and ready to show what he's learned over the past nine months...

"It was hard, definitely," Hudson told after practice recently. "I always played, at every level, I never sat on the bench, so that was hard to get used to, but it made me work harder at things.

"I took it as a challenge. I wanted to help my teammates get ready for each game, so that meant I had to give them good looks on the scout team and I also had to concentrate on getting better as far as playing the position."

As a two-year starter at Redlands East Valley, Hudson was a beast off the edge, posting 117 tackles and 16 sacks in that span and was a heavily recruited prospect as a senior.

"I loved it here," Hudson said. "I loved the coaches and the players and the atmosphere. I'll always feel like it was the right decision even though I didn't get to play right away."

As a scout team member, Hudson, along with fellow freshman defensive end Josh Shirley, was named co-Defensive Scout Squad Player of the Year.

"Andrew is a hard worker," Husky defensive line coach Johnny Nansen said recently. "He always comes to play every day and we like his energy, his enthusiasm.

"He's a rep guy though. He needs to get out there and get a lot of reps. You could see (Saturday) that he really has a lot of skills and he's starting to get it, but it takes time and he's got to keep working at it and eventually we think he can be something pretty special off the edge, which is something we need to improve upon this year."

One area that Hudson admits he needs to improve upon is when he steps on the scale. Weighing in at just 240 pounds, Hudson has plenty of room to add bulk to his frame, but he doesn't want to add too much so that he loses some of his quickness.

"Putting on weight is expensive," Hudson said with a grin. "It costs a lot of money to put on the pounds, but I've been working at it.

"A lot of it before was my diet, but now (the coaching staff) has me eating right and I've been able to add about 10 pounds since I got here.

"I want to show what I can do at this weight. We have some good linemen I'm facing every day, so I get good reps every practice against them and I'm just trying to soak it all in and make sure I'm learning something new all the time.

"This year I want to play. I know we have some talented guys at defensive end. Hauoli (Jamora), Everrette (Thompson), Talia (Crichton), they all have experience. Then there's Josh (Shirley) too, so there are a lot of guys the coaches can choose from and we all push each other to get better.

"I just want to do my part, help the team and then be ready to go when they call my number."

With the focus on getting more pressure off the edge, don't be surprised to see Hudson earn some reps this coming fall.

As long as he proves it in practice. Top Stories