Dante Pettis - College Football isn't easy!

Washington Junior Receiver Dante Pettis spoke Wednesday afternoon to the press after the Huskies' ninth day of fall camp, held inside Husky Stadium.

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On fall camp “I feel like we’re finally getting into a groove. The first couple days are always a little bit shaky; I’m not sure what it is. It seems like every year that’s what happens. I don’t know if it’s putting on the helmets or actually being in pads, but it feels like the first couple days it’s just a little bit slower. Then we pick it up after that and things really get going.” 

Does it make it harder going against this defense? “It definitely doesn’t make it any easier. When things aren’t going as well as we want them to and you’re going against a defense this good it definitely frustrates you a little bit, but it makes us better.” 

How much change have you seen in Jake Browning since last year? “A lot. I think mostly in his confidence. You can tell he’s just willing to take more shots down the field. Even if it’s just sitting in the pocket a little longer, I think he’s completely used to the speed and he understands the game way more than he did last year.” 

On Aaron Fuller and Jordan Chin “Pretty good. It’s tough to come in as a freshman and just get the playbook down like that. That’s normally the biggest thing. Obviously they can play. It’s not normally that. It’s just getting used to the speed of the game and kind of just like adjusting to how college football is played; it’s a little bit different than high school.” 

How are you different than you were three years ago? “First off, no I cannot believe that it’s my third year. It seems like it was my first fall camp, it seems like just yesterday actually. But I think one of the differences was just my confidence level. When I first came in I was afraid to mess up. I kind of just wanted to go through it and not do anything wrong, prove to the coaches that you guys have me here for a reason, but I guess that wasn’t the right way to go about it. Now it’s just I know that I’m supposed to be here. I can just play full speed without even thinking about it.” 

Do you take the criticism of the receivers to heart? “We don’t really try to listen to what people are saying, but you definitely do hear it. It’s like ‘okay, whatever. They don’t think we’re anything, so let’s just go out and prove that we are.’ We already know that we can play. We already know that we are going to catch balls, make good plays and stuff. It’s not anything that’s like ‘oh, they’re saying this, I can’t believe they would do that.’ It’s just like ‘okay, they don’t think we can play. Let’s show them that we can.’” 

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What were the hardest things to learn coming into college football? “I would say it’s just that everyone is a better athlete than they were in high school. I was just a better athlete than most people in high school so I didn’t have to really rely on technique and stuff. Once I got to college it was like  ‘okay, we know you’re an athlete, but you have to develop this aspect of the game so you can have an advantage over the other team.”

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