Reffett is ready to get after it

Almost every player will tell you how excited they are to get things started in the spring. The last season is in the rear-view mirror and they have renewed enthusiasm for the game. Some may fake that enthusiasm, but one player who doesn't is Washington DT Jordan Reffett who spoke about his goals this spring and what he's looking forward to come August 31st when the 2007 season kicks off.

"For me, quickness is the key," a slimmed-down Reffett said recently. "Even at 285 pounds I can play with guys that are 340 and 360 because of my quickness off the ball. Being a little bit leaner helps me out.

"This off-season has been the best I've been a part of since I've been here. The important thing is that the guys are buying into what Coach Greener and all the other coaches are putting out there.

"We're becoming bigger, stronger and faster, and that's what we need to do. We have our schedule all jacked up for next year. I'm totally excited and the guys are excited. There's a buzz around the locker room that hasn't been there for a long time."

Speaking of the schedule, Washington faces one of the toughest schedules in the country in 2007. They will face eight teams that went to bowl games, five of which (USC, California, Oregon State, Boise State and Ohio State) that finished ranked in the top 25 at the end of the 2006 season.

"I've been focusing on that schedule ever since I got off the bus from Pullman," Reffett said. "I'm excited about it. To be the best you have to play the best and you have to beat the best. You think about that all year long. That's why we're working hard and giving it everything we've got to make this team better. It's great motivation, because if you don't come out and prepare well, we're going to get embarrassed."

One game in 2006 that the team is using as a positive influence for the upcoming season has been the Apple Cup, a 35 – 32 thriller that put things in motion for the team this offseason.

"The win was huge," Reffett admitted. "The season didn't end up the way we wanted, but the Apple Cup can be a game that can turn around a season, not in terms of achieving our goal, but it can springboard us into the off-season and help us out for motivation, remembering that feeling after that win in Pullman."

The win was big for Reffett, an eastern Washington native, who has tons of family and friends that are fans of the Huskies' cross-state rivals.

"It's nice to have bragging rights over there," Reffett said with a sly grin on his face. "I have pictures up in a couple of sports bars there, so they won't forget it for a while."

Reffett is already listed as the starter at one of the defensive tackle spots and he said he's looking forward to the challenges of facing off against the Husky starting offensive line.

"We're just going to kick the crap out of the o-line this spring," Reffett said matter-of-factly. "They need to learn to play and we're going to need them to be a successful team. So we're going to give it to them every day and make sure they can't let up, because if they do we're going to make them look stupid.

"It's a big thing. We're all teammates out there, but we're trying to get them better just like they are trying to make us better."

The ever-intense Reffett has infused his personality into his linemates and he said, while it's great to get back into the swing of things from a football perspective over the next three weeks, he doesn't want things to end with the annual spring game on April 28th.

"It's like a little taste, a tease," Reffett said. "We want to get the pads on and start banging. Heck, I'd love to go through spring ball and just have it continue all the way through the summer. It's just one of those things where it's a tool to get better, to come together."

Coming together along the defensive front is one of the big keys to Washington's season and if Reffett has anything to say about it, they should be one of the big reasons Husky fans should be excited for the upcoming season.

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