VIDEO: UW DB Darren Gardenhire on Day 17

Washington Cornerback Darren Gardenhire spoke to the media on Day 17 of Huskies Fall Camp about improvement from last year, secondary chemistry, and blend of experience and youth and how that all works together as they get ready to play Boise State on September 4th in Boise.

On how playing his freshman season has helped him so far  “Last year, it was pretty much on me. It was my first year at corner so I had a lot to learn. That playing time helped me get a little bit more experience, and helped me be more comfortable at the field, because it the first it was kind of ‘shaky true freshman,’ and now I feel like that helped me towards the end of the season playing more, just getting me ready. In the spring, the offseason, I worked on my technique and on my assignments, and just got back to playing football how I normally do. Just went out there and played hard like I always do. Do everything I had to do.”

On the chemistry of the secondary “I feel like not only as starters, but as a unit, the whole secondary came closer. Coach Pete coming in, now we focus on the team, now as a unit we bonded closer. Doing PRPs out here, we just held ourselves accountable. Everything we messed up on we ran for. We came closer as a team and trusted each other and built a better friendship. I feel like that carried over to the field during the spring and fall camp so far. We’ve just been playing for each other and just going out there and balling, everybody doing their part.”

On getting ready to take the next step forward with a year of experience with the system down “Yeah, it all goes back to the team. I feel like just everybody focusing on what their job is. We call it your twenty square feet. Just take care of your job and don’t try to make up and do stuff for other people and jump routes and do stuff like that. Just do your job and we’re gonna play good and play hard.”


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