Coleman about to become a father

Lavon Coleman was all smiles as he talked about a big milestone in his life: he is going to be a father. The junior running back is set to welcome his son into the world in a couple of weeks, and he talked Wednesday about how the news is impacting his life, both on and off the football field.

What’s it like handling the hype and expectations? “What outside noise? I don’t hear any outside noise. I hear us in here barking and getting ready for Oregon State. I hear us getting focused and playing Husky Football. And I hear us getting ready to block out anything that’s not inside that locker room or on this field with us working hard. At the end of the day it’s about us and whatever’s said is said. At the end of the day, we’re going to prove what we’ve worked on.”

On having a son on the way “It’s exciting, especially because he’s only a couple weeks away. I just - I don’t know. I don’t know. I just have way  more energy and more excitement. My son is coming and it’s going to be great to know that’s my son watching me even though he probably can’t see past his fingertips. It’s the excitement of knowing he’s watching dad play; dad’s going to put on a show for you.”

On fighting for reps “There are so many reps and at the end of the day you can take advantage of your opportunities. You can only control what you can control and you just have to take the chances you get. I play special teams, Jomon (Dotson) plays special teams. We contribute to the team not only at running back, in different phases of game. At the end of the day, if we get a win that’s all that matters.”

Have you talked to Joe Mathis or any other parents on the team? “I talk to my coach, I talk to Joe (Mathis), I talk to Tony (Rodriguez), I talk to Dwayne (Washington), I talk to Beav (Brandon Beaver). It’s an exciting thing. It’s fun. That’s like my flesh and blood. That’s like my prince. It’s like I don’t know how to explain it. I’m just happy.”

Has the excitement carried over to your play all year? “Most definitely. Knowing that my son is going to be watching me. Knowing that it’s not about just me anymore. It used to be just me. ‘I’ve got to get this done for me. I’ve got to get this school done, I’ve got to get classes done, I have to get this field done.’ Now it’s like it’s not just me. My son is depending on me. I’ve got to grind for him. Any moments I feel like slacking off or something I can think about what I want to do for him in the future. That’s why I get up and go.”

On the pride in special teams “We had a coach named coach Choate and he was a hell of a guy. He told us, and honestly he was true, no one ever told us that we were going to play special teams here. You were recruited as a running back, as linebacker, and that’s all you’re expected to play. When we got here he really made an emphasis that this is your gift to the team, playing special teams. And special teams sometimes wins games. So anything we can do, we as brothers will do anything for each other and special teams is just another added effect we can do for each other. That’s why we have no trouble executing on special teams.”

Is there a competition within the competition at running back? “Everybody has an internal fight no matter who says it, no matter who lies about it. Everyone has an internal fight. But you can definitely see no matter what it is, no matter how many carries you get, you don’t see bad attitudes, you see everybody cheering each other on. At the end of the day you can see in everybody’s faces that we’d rather carry the ball a couple of times than walk away with a loss. At the end of the day, we’re looking for wins more than personal glory.”

On Oregon State’s defense “They’re a very multiple defense team, a little bit of pressure. they have a good pass defense. Only four touchdowns completed on them in passing games. They have a very good pass defense and really heavy guys up front. Our o-line is going to handle their business as usual and hopefully we can take over the game, but it depends.”

On pass protection “Protecting the pocket is probably the most important thing to us. Jake (Browning) is our quarterback. In order - the big plays that we’ve had, we have some weapons on the outside. We have John Ross, we have Dante (Pettis), we have Chico (McClatcher). Any more time we can get him for those guys to run their routes, there’s only good things that come from that.” Top Stories