Dante Pettis Talks Arizona Game Preparations

Junior receiver Dante Pettis spoke with Luke Mounger Wednesday about how the Washington Huskies are taking some traditional approaches toward trying to simulate what they'll see, hear, and feel Saturday night in Tucson as the Dawgs hit the road to face Arizona.

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Does it feel different preparing for PAC-12 play? “Yes and no. It feels a little different. We’re in the indoor, they closed everything off so it’s pretty hot in there. So we know that we’re going somewhere else. We’re not out here in good weather anymore. Other than that, not really. We’re still in there grinding and doing what we have to do.”

Is it hard to practice in that heat? “When you first walk in you feel it. But then after awhile you get used to it and it doesn’t phase you that much after that.”

Is that the same feeling when you get down to Arizona? “Yeah. I think so. You wake up and you go outside and you’ll feel it’s pretty hot. After a while you get used to it. You’ll feel it towards the end of the game, but at that point you’re already so locked in it doesn’t really phase you too much.”

Does the fake noise help you prepare? “Yeah, because it’s right behind us. They blast that right behind the offense. We can’t hear anything that’s going on. We just have to rely on what we see. I think that’s a pretty good indicator of what it’s going to be like.”

Are you more focused when it’s loud? “I think you have to be. There’s no way that you can not be locked in if you can’t hear anything. When you can hear you can rely on that. ‘Well I heard him say this.’ When you can’t hear anything you really just have to tune in and watch every single thing that’s going on.”

On Aaron Fuller “I definitely try to give him advice when I can. He’s doing the same thing that I did, went back there as a punt returner. It’s hard your first time going back there. You go out and practice and get a lot of work done and then you go out in a game and you’re like ‘dang, this is nothing like practice was.’ I try to tell him don’t overthink anything, let the game come to you. He’s doing a good job of doing that.”

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