Yarber ready to get going

It has been well documented how crazy the life of a football coach can be. One minute you have a job, the next minute you are in the unemployment line. New Huskies wide receivers coach Eric Yarber has experienced that scenario first-hand and he sat down with Dawgman.com recently and described how he got the job with Washington and what he demands of his players.

"I didn't even know I was going to get a call from (head coach) Tyrone (Willingham)," Yarber said with a chuckle. "At the last minute on the golf course he called me."

Yarber doesn't lack for knowledge of the northwest or the University of Washington. He played college football at the University of Idaho for two years and had stints as an assistant coach with the Vandals, Oregon State and the Seattle Seahawks.

"Keith Gilbertson was the offensive coordinator when I played (at Idaho)," Yarber said. "Coach (Tim) Lappano was the running backs coach and Dennis Erickson was the head coach."

Gilbertson even went so far as to contact Yarber and tell him about the Husky football program.

"I talked to him a little bit," Yarber said. "He had nothing but good things to say about this program."

While at Oregon State, Yarber gained a reputation as a solid recruiter, nabbing several southern California prospects for the Beavers. While it is still undetermined what region he might be recruiting, Yarber said he is looking forward to getting back into recruiting after spending the last two seasons as the wide receivers coach of the San Francisco 49ers.

"I am definitely looking forward to recruiting," Yarber said excitedly. "I missed it when I was in the pros. One of my biggest joys is making a difference in young peoples lives.

"When you can go down to LA or northern California or wherever and recruit guys and watch them become better players and go from being boys to men, that is very satisfying."

The wide receivers on Washington's roster are talented, but most are still very raw. Yarber's experience in the pros and in college as a teacher and mentor should pay dividends right away, but Yarber stresses it will take a lot of hard work.

"First of all, I teach the guys no matter what, to play hard," Yarber said matter-of-factly. "It doesn't take great talent, just great effort. So first and foremost that is what I look for.

"Second, I want these guys to be fundamentally sound with good technique on all routes. Lastly, I am looking for fierce competitors. Those guys should make and finish plays."

Yarber hasn't seen any film of his players, but that will change soon.

"This is going to be a great situation for me and this coaching staff. Washington has a lot of tradition," he said.

Husky fans are hopeful Yarber's wide receivers will help the Dawgs return to that winning tradition soon.

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