Roussel ready to start new chapter

It's been five months since Redemptorist (Baton Rouge, La.) LB Bradley Roussel signed his letter-of-intent to play football for the Washington Huskies and finally the young man from the Bayou heads north this weekend to begin his college career, but there's one thing he'll miss just a little bit once he leaves the Pelican State...

"Oh, I'm sure they have good food up there in the Northwest, but I'm going to miss the South because I love the food," Roussel said with a slight chuckle two days before he gets on a plane that will take him to his new home. "My favorite dish is boiled crawfish. You just boil some water and then you throw in a bunch of spices and the crawfish and it tastes so good, it's just the best."

Roussel might take a little while to feel at home in his Montlake digs, but with the way he plays linebacker, he should feel right at home in the middle of the action on defense.

As a three-year starter for one of the top football programs in the state of Louisiana, Roussel helped lead his team to a 3A State Championship as a sophomore in 2005 and the state semi-finals as a junior and senior.

He received honorable mention All-State honors as a sophomore and was named First Team All-State as a junior.

In his career he amassed 341 tackles, 42 tackles-for-loss and 14 sacks.

"I've been hard at work with my trainer, Keith Ballard," Roussel noted. "He's trained Marshall Faulk and Peyton Manning, so he's been showing me what it takes to improve and get better."

Roussel also found out that his hometown school, LSU, will be playing host to his new team in 2012.

"Oh man, I was seriously jacked about that," Roussel said. "My whole family is excited about it too. If I redshirt, I will have a chance to play (in Baton Rouge) as a fifth-year senior.

"I'm ready to kick some Tiger butt and my whole family will be there and I mean everyone. They all have season tickets already, so I won't need to get them seats, but they'll all be there. It should be pretty crazy at that game."

And who will those family members be rooting for?

"Washington of course," Roussel said. "They'll be rooting for U-Dub, but they'll be sitting with Tiger fans."

With that closing chapter to his college career firmly in the back of his mind, Roussel will head north this weekend to join the rest of his 2008 classmates in the Summer Bridge Program at Washington.

"It's exciting definitely, but it's a little scary at the same time," Roussel said. "I've obviously never done something like this before and I'll be a ways away from home, but I'm sure I'll fit in up there and I'll be busy so I probably won't have much time to think about missing home."

Now, someone just needs to get him a nice big Pacific King Salmon and he should fit right in.

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