Although he's never been to the Rose Bowl, as a childhood Texas Fan, he's watched many important games played in that venue. Although the Huskies approach every game the same, he said that the Rose Bowl carries some significance in his mind.
Heading down to Los Angeles to play the UCLA Bruins means a homecoming for many of Washington's football players; however, Husky wide receiver Aaron Fuller is a Texas native. Although he's never been to the Rose Bowl, as a childhood Texas Fan, he's watched many important games played in that venue. Although the Huskies approach every game the same, he said that the Rose Bowl carries some significance in his mind.
"It's a little bit of both," the junior receiver answered about whether the Rose Bowl was a special place or just another stadium to play football in. "I was a big Texas fan growing up so seeing them play USC kind of brought back some memories of the Rose Bowl and things like that."
When Fuller learned that Husky assistant coach Will Harris played in that famous 2006 Rose Bowl game between USC and Texas, he joked "I'm glad they lost."
Along with the rich tradition that radiates through the Rose Bowl, there's another unique component to the field. It is one of five PAC-12 stadiums that has a grass service. It is also the only PAC-12 stadium the Huskies will travel to this year that has a grass surface. There are a few important things to consider that Fuller pointed out when playing on grass.
"Just more you have to keep your balance. Keep your feet under you. Not over stretching on your breaks and things like that. At the end of the day, it's just running routes."
The Bruins aren't off to a fast start under Chip Kelly, as they have yet to win a game in 2018. Fuller mentioned, however, that he's aware of Chip Kelly's patented high scoring offenses that he had at Oregon. Furthermore, he knows that UCLA has talented play makers and that a win-less start isn't a fair representation of what the Bruins can do on a football field.
"Any road game, especially in conference is big. So getting that first one going into a little stretch that we have that month is very key to success."
Washington's pivotal stretch of games in the month of October includes a trip to Eugene to face the Oregon Ducks. While that game might be on the mind of Husky fans, Fuller assured that he and his teammates take the season one game at a time.
"We kind of just take it one game at a time, something coach Petersen has taught ever since I've gotten here as a freshman. There is no real trap game. Every game is a legitimate game no matter what their record is and things like that, because any team can beat any team any day in college football."
Fuller talked about how Washington's recent performance running the ball has impacted the offense, the depth of receivers on the roster, and the knowledge Bush Hamdan brings to the offense.
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