VIDEO: UW Spring Ball Day 14 - Elijah Qualls's Kim Grinolds spoke Wednesday with junior defensive lineman Elijah Qualls after Day 14 of Washington Spring Football.

Are you content with the progress you’ve made this spring? “Never content. That’s not our problem but kind of our demeanor. We’re never satisfied with everything and honestly that’s my blessing and curse. I’m never satisfied with life in general, like anything. I always want more. For the most part that makes me very ambitious. But there are sometimes when it gets me in a little trouble or makes me a little distracted. We always want to be the best; we always want to be the absolute best. Even with the offense, even if we hold them out all practice, if they got a first down that practice we’re upset. I just think that that could be that first down that somebody else needs and we gave that up. We’re never content. Are we close to where we want to be hopefully by the time the season starts? Not really. But at the same time, are we close to where we need to be right now? Absolutely.”


On his dog “That’s my baby. My dog is my absolute best friend. I don’t know what I would do without her. Coming home to her every single day, coming home to someone who literally just wants to love you and wants your attention. She can’t lie to me. She doesn’t nag. She’s one of the best decisions I ever made.”


More on his dog “It’s definitely a struggle, I’m not going to lie. It puts a little more on your plate than most players should have. I’m not going to say I’m a special case, but I’m very much an introvert. I don’t go out and socialize with people or anything like that. So most of the time when college kids are out and about and doing all their stuff I’m at home anyways. I like having her company. It’s not like I have somebody there so I have to spend time with her or have to pay attention to her or make sure they’re okay or anything like that. We’re both kind of mutual like we love each other.”


What kind of dog? “She’s a Husky. She’s a runt dog so she’s small. She was supposed to be 100 pounds, but she’s only 40. But she’s perfect, so I don’t have a big house to take care of her at.”


Do you have a favorite place to take her? “I either take her to Madison Park, I’ll take her to Golden Gardens, or I’ll take her to Green Lake. She lakes chasing ducks and squirrel and birds and everything like that. It’s always fun to watch.”


No need for a girlfriend if you have a dog? “Yeah, man. Like I said, she doesn’t nag at me. She can’t lie to me about anything. She’s very easy to please. She’s simple. She’s not complicated. She literally just wants me to love her and feed her. I can work with that.” 

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