Trip Report: Emeka Iweka

One of the toughest players to reach this season has been Rainier Beach lineman Emeka Iweka. He's quiet and shy around people he doesn't know very well, but when you get him on the field he becomes a different person. He's been projected to end up on the offensive side of the ball, but the Husky coaching staff said they may have some other thoughts on where he ends up.

"They are recruiting me for defense," Iweka told "Coach (Randy) Hart was with me the whole weekend. He was like a little monkey on my back."

DE De'Shon Matthews was his host and the two spent a lot of time getting to know one another.

"He's a great guy and we had a lot of fun together," Iweka said. "I couldn't go to the Space Needle because I had some stuff I had to take care of at school first, but they still fed us non-stop. I don't want to see food again for a week.

"(Matthews) said that I need to come in mentally ready to get after it. He said it's really hard work, but it's a lot of fun and he's really loving it up here."

Iweka tips the scales at 300 pounds usually, but because of basketball he's in some of the best shape of his life.

"I'm doing weight-lifting and basketball and football stuff all at the same time," Iweka said. "I think my footwork has really improved a lot and that's really helped me on the basketball court and it should help me on the football field too."

There were some concerns that Iweka may be an academic casualty this fall and while he still has some work to do, he said he's on track to qualify and has improved in the classroom this year.

"That's all coming together for me and I'm working really hard at it," Iweka noted.

He'll finish up the basketball season and then turn his attention toward his future career along the Husky defensive line. He was unsure if his future along Montlake would include a stint on the basketball team as well.

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