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Husky Football Blog

The latest news and analysis on the Montlake Dawgs.

November 14, 2006 at 6:14 PM

A Sweet opportunity

The best moment of today was a mini-press conference for walk-on quarterback Felix Sweetman.
So many of us had requested to talk with him that they put him at the desk in front of the Husky banner and all the TV microphones, just like they do for the coaches and the other big-name players who get a lot of attention.
Sweetman could be the backup QB this week if Johnny DuRocher can’t play with a concussion — DuRocher sat out practice today.
And Sweetman appears to be relishing every moment of the experience.
Sweetman, in fact, called the chance to play Saturday “a dream” that could finally be fulfilled.
That chance could come given DuRocher’s situation and the fact that Carl Bonnell has suffered three significant injuries in the four games he has played. As I wrote in a story today about Bonnell, he will have surgery next week on his left shoulder “to get it to its proper elevation” he said. That story is here.
Sweetman, meanwhile, has been with the Huskies since the fall of 2002, and I wrote a story a few weeks ago about him that details much of his background. You can find that story here.
Sweetman has been the up back on the punt team in recent games and has taken three snaps — all the final play of a game, including Saturday’s, in a mop-up role.
Of the chance to take a real snap in his final game, he said “there’s be no better way to end it (his career).”
But it’s obvious he’d rather his career not be ending. As the story above details, his dream was always to play for the Huskies and he pursued it despite the long odds against ever seeing the field.
He became emotional when he talked about the fact that next week, he won’t be a UW football player anymore, able to go to the locker room and hang out with his teammates.
“It’s going to be hard for me,” he said. “These five years have been the fastest five years of my life.”

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