Gunheim just wants to win

Getting consistent pressure on the quarterback is the requirement of every defense in college football. However, learning the art of the pass-rush isn't something that happens over night. Washington DE Greyson Gunheim finally started to "get it" last year and he said this year he's ready to go from the start.

"I don't know what it was, but I really started to make more plays toward the end of the year," Gunheim said before he was to begin his third fall practice with the Huskies. "I've been working with coach (Randy) Hart on how to use my hands and how to get set before the snap so that I can get off the ball better and quicker."

Last year, Gunheim didn't post impressive numbers – 38 tackles, 11 tackles for loss, five sacks and two fumble recoveries – and he said he's looking to get more this year, but it isn't for his own glory.

"I'm so tired of losing," Gunheim said shaking his head. "I'm sick of it and I know the other guys are too. If I can help our DBs out by getting more sacks and pressure then that's what I need to do, but we have to stop talking about it and get the results otherwise it's all just talk.

"(The defensive line) have worked really hard this summer on our (pass-rush) moves and using our hands to keep blockers off of us. Dipping your shoulder sounds easy, but it's tough to learn when to do it and then do it correctly to get by the blockers. I think I've learned how to use the spin, the swim, the bull rush and all of that. Now I just have to go out and do it."

He's also ready to be the leader on a young defense in search of a personality to follow.

"I'm not really a guy who is gonna do a lot of talking," Gunheim said with grin. "I just go out and do what I need to do and lead by example, but if I think something needs to be said, I'll say it."

At Washington's first practice of fall camp, Gunheim could be heard directing De'Shon Matthews and Derek Kosub on where to place their hands on the ground and how to position their feet for a quicker "get off" at the snap of the ball.

Gunheim was even used as an example by Hart to show the younger players what he was looking for.

"It took a while for me to get all that stuff down, but I have a good grasp of the drills now," Gunheim said. "I know what coach Hart is looking for and what he expects so that makes things easier, but I don't always do it right either so it's a constant thing I have to work on, just like the other guys.

"Let's just get after it and start playing the games. I'm ready to go."

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