VIDEO: Washington Receiver Dante Pettis - Arizona Wildcats

Dawgman.com's Luke Mounger spoke to Washington receiver Dante Pettis Wednesday about his relationship with older brother Austin Pettis and if that influenced his decision to play for Chris Petersen. He also talked about mentoring the freshmen receivers, specifically Isaiah Benfro, and about Arizona’s unique stack defense and what the Huskies will face Saturday night at Husky Stadium.

On if Austin Pettis influenced his love for football “He’s definitely helped a lot with not so much my love for the sport, but more like little tips and stuff. If I have a question I really need answered I can always text him and ask him because he’s been through it all.”

 

On if Austin Pettis influenced his decision to decide to play under Chris Petersen “Not really. I asked him obviously how he liked Boise State, how he liked coach Pete, and all that. He obviously told me all the stuff that he thought. He didn’t really persuade me into trying one thing or the other; he let me choose for myself.”

 

On what stands out about Chris Petersen the most as a coach “I think what he cares about, like what he tries to instill in us. I don’t think most coaches do that. I don’t think they spend that much time trying to teach us what’s right and what’s wrong.”

 

On the things that coach Petersen teaches his players “How do the right thing. Just like how to treat women with respect or if you go out on a Saturday night don’t do anything stupid; don’t get in trouble for anything. We see all these stories in the news about student athletes getting in trouble for this or for that. He’s trying to tell us to stay away from that. He also tells us we’re in a great position to get a degree and make good connections for after football. That too, that really sticks out to me.”

 

On where he sees this program headed “Definitely up. That’s really the only way you can go. I feel like when he’s putting all this time into building a culture the way that he is I feel like there’s no way you can go wrong with the program.”

 

On what he enjoys about punt returning “Really it’s just another way to get the ball. I don’t know. Some people don’t like it. I’m fine with it. It’s not that bad. You get to make plays and I like to make plays. That’s pretty much it.”

 

On what he felt after returning a punt for a touchdown against Boise State in week one “It was pretty cool. Obviously, I wish we would have gotten the win, but it was still cool to score a touchdown on a punt return in that fashion. It definitely did not feel as good as getting a win.”

 

On what he’s looking forward to with his future in the program “I’m kind of looking forward to being a leader like Jaydon (Mickens) and Marvin (Hall) have been to me. I know I can always ask them for anything I’m kind of looking forward to having the young guys look at me like that.”

 

On his experience here so far “I’ve had a great time here. I’m as happy as I could be. I can’t imagine being anywhere else honestly.”

 

On if he has had the chance to mentor any of the young receivers “More with Isaiah Renfro, because he’s playing outside like I was playing. Unfortunately Quinten Pounds is not playing anymore. Chico McClatcher is playing slot so I don’t really fit the mold of mentoring him as much. I try to help Isaiah with as much as I can and I am grateful for that.”

 

On Arizona’s unique defense and what stands out “They do a lot of good things. They rotate their coverages well and their pretty physical. It’s going to be a good matchup. I’m excited to play against them.”


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