More than a half-hour after Washington’s practice ended Tuesday morning, after Hau’oli Kikaha finished a group interview inside Dempsey Indoor, the Washington junior defensive end walked back out to the practice field, put his helmet back on and lined up, alone, opposite four tackling dummies.
Then he went back to work.
“I gotta get better,” he said.
Surely, the Washington defense will have to be at its best Saturday night when the No. 15 Huskies (4-0, 1-0 Pac-12) try to take down No. 5 Stanford (4-0, 2-0) on the road.
Kikaha, of course, didn’t play in UW’s upset of then-No. 8 Stanford at CenturyLink Field last year while he was recovering from his second ACL tear. He used the word “excited” several times when describing his preparation for Stanford’s massive and impressive offensive line.
He was working on his “base-mode pass rush” against the dummies after practice.
“Analyzing the film, it just makes me want to play lower, have a better base and be more disciplined and stout in my techniques,” Kikaha said. “I’m excited for them to challenge us, our manhood again and bring there same physicality that they always do.”