It’s not easy for Eastside Catholic coach Jason Gesser to be around so much purple and gold.
He’s more of a crimson and gray sort of guy.
But the second-year head coach is willing to do anything to help out his players. So the former Washington State quarterback took his team out to Monday’s University of Washington football practice.
“I wanted to do it so they see how a college practice, the atmosphere goes,” Gesser said. “The tempo, the technique, with everything they do. From the warmups to the drills, I just want our guys actually visualize that, because they can hear it from a coach all the time, ‘Hey pick up the tempo.’ But they don’t have anything to reference it to.”
Gesser said he was out at Washington State practice last week to watch the Cougars scrimmage. As he watched, he thought there would be value for his players and coaching staff to see how a college program runs its practice.
“Does it hurt for me?” Gesser joked about being a Husky football practice. “Yeah, it’s painful, but I’ll suck it up as long as our team benefits from it.”
Gesser’s defensive coordinator, Zach Tuiasosopo, looked right at home in his old stadium.
Since Gesser and the Crusaders were out at the UW practice, I asked him how the team looks so far.
“It’s coming together well,” he said. “We’re still a very young team. We’re not big in numbers. But our team unity and our team chemistry right now it through the roof. As a coach, that’s great for me to see. The technique. The weight room stuff. The plays, all that stuff will come. But that team chemistry and team unity, if you don’t have that, that will show later in the season.”
Some of the players expected to make an impact at Eastside Catholic this season include junior RB/DB Chevelle Walker, senior RB/S Rob Granfelt, senior WR/DB Alex Smith, junior OL/DL Nic Sotelo and junior LB/OL Joe Stoutt.