Fall Camp Day Two: Pettis pushes for an edge

Washington junior receiver Dante Pettis spoke Tuesday afternoon to the press after the Huskies' second day of fall camp, held Monday at the east field next to Husky Stadium.

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On what you needed to get accomplished in the off-season - “Definitely I’m always trying to get faster, get bigger and stronger. We worked out a lot, worked out pretty hard, the team did. Football-wise it was understanding defense and the offense more, so I was watching film, trying to figure out if they are doing this, it’s this coverage, trying to figure out how our offense works best together.”

How is the feeling in the room now that John Ross is back? - “Great. Everyone knows what he can do. Now we’re just waiting to see when he does it. We already know it’s going to happen, we just kind of sit back and watch it unfold. It’s great. When I was a freshman I didn’t play as much and I would be on the sidelines watching him and that was a great time, but now I’m actually in the game so I only get to watch him on film. It’s still exciting.”

With Jaydon gone, are you putting pressure on yourself to be the next guy in line? - “Not really. As one guy leaves, it’s not that the system changes but it molds to the people we have. So it’s not like he left, who’s stepping up. It’s more he left, now we’re working with who we have now. That’s what we’re doing right now. Obviously getting Ross back helped a lot.”

On Andre Baccellia stepping up - “He had a great spring ball. I was really surprised how well he did. We’re looking forward for him continuing to do that.”

And Chico too - “Chico obviously played as a freshman so we have already seen what he can do.”

What are the first indications of what K.J. Young can do for the receivers? - “I watched his film and everything, he looks very good. I’ve heard a lot of good things. Even yesterday for the little time we saw of him I was pretty impressed. I think he’s going to be a great addition to the group.”

On the receivers being downplayed in the media - “I wouldn’t say it’s a chip on our shoulder, but it’s definitely motivation. They don’t think we can do it, so it’s okay - let’s prove it to them that we can. That’s all it really is. We’re not mad about it or anything. Alright, if they don’t think we can, let’s show ‘em that we can.”

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