VIDEO: UW WR Dante Pettis - 9/9/15

Washington sophomore receiver Dante Pettis spoke to the media Wednesday about the Huskies 16-13 loss at Boise State, his punt return for a touchdown in that game, and his key play where he stepped out of bounds - a play that denied the Huskies a key first down.

On how they plan on changing from last week to this week “It took a while for us to get into a good rhythm, so I’d say just coming out stronger than we did last week.”

 

On his punt return “Originally, it was supposed to be a block. When you go for a block, normally there aren’t really a lot of blockers for you. The guys just did a good job of hustling back and setting up the wall for me, so it was perfect.”

 

On whether or not he could tell he had a good chance of taking that punt the distance “At first I was honestly thinking about fair catching it, because I thought the guys were coming down pretty fast. Then, I saw just those two guys and then looked around the edge and I had just a bunch of blockers and I was like ‘oh, this is perfect.’”

 

On Jake Browning's first start “I thought it was pretty good. Like I said, we didn’t get off to a good start, but he hung in there. He made a lot of really good plays. He kept battling, so that’s really what we want to see.”

 

On if the offense ever felt like they had a moment where they settled in and found some momentum against Boise State, similar to how the defense did in the second half “We’ve seen that from our defense all summer, so it wasn’t surprising to us at all. For the offense, I don’t think there’s really one moment. I feel like once we started to get a little more energy, after we got that first field goal, I feel like we were like ‘okay, we got this. We moved the ball a little bit, now we can kind of get things going.’ We came out from halftime a lot more fired up. So I don’t think there was really one specific point, but it was just the second half as a whole we had a lot more energy.”

 

On if he thinks an improved run game will help the offense flow better in the future “Whenever you can’t run the ball it’s pretty hard to do anything else on offense. It’s pretty important. I’d say it’s one of the most important parts of football, running the ball.”

 

On how close the offense is to throwing downfield passes more frequently “We have the players to do it. We have everything lined up. We just have to get a little more detailed. There’s just stuff like protection will break down or something like that, we don’t see the coverage correctly, but we definitely have the right players to do it.”

 

On how the offense will be different this week than it was last week “I don’t even know, because, honestly, it’s not like we’re trying to do something completely different. I don’t really know.”

 

On the play where he stepped out of bounds “Honestly, going back and watching it, I might have been out by maybe an inch. It’s just one of those things where it’s the rule, so obviously if I’m out of bounds they have to call it, but I don’t really know how they saw it. It was just one of those things ‘bang, bang.’ I planted to go back and my foot just kind of went a little too far out.”


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