Happy Wednesday, everyone. And Aloha from Honolulu.
This is my first time out in Hawaii, so I wanted to take advantage of the Huskies’ trip out here and make a mini work vacation out of it. I’ll be writing and blogging for the next couple days from my hotel room here in Waikiki (and probably from the beach, too) leading up to Saturday’s 7:30 p.m. PT kickoff at Aloha Stadium.
Percy Allen has post-practice interviews covered today, so look for his updates soon as well.
I hope everyone gets a chance today to check out our package on Psalm Wooching, who is much more than just a cool name. His dad did get a kick out of the fact that his son was dubbed one of the best names in college football, but Psalm comes across as a humble guy with a lot of passions — family, culture, faith, football, rugby and, yes, fire dancing.
His father leads a group of men in the fire dance four nights at week on the Big Island, and Psalm has performed the fire dance a couple times at UW. He did it at the Raise the Woof event last year — and burned his hand trying to put out the flame. He performed again on Sunday during a team talent show, the final stage of the “Husky Olympics” that have been going on all fall camp. There’s no doubt about Psalm’s talent, and I think we’ll see that translate even more on the football field this year, especially if he continues to listen to his friend and mentor, Hau’oli Kikaha.
“All I can say is I’ve given my all, done as much as I can do, and now I feel like it’s been showing on the field, too,” Wooching said.
The transition to the “buck” end, he said, has been smooth for him.
“I think it’s pretty much the natural position for me,” he said. “Playing rugby, being able to rush that outside tackle and get to that quarterback, it’s a natural position for us Polynesians — we like to hit. So it’s good to anchor down and be that force player on the edge. Also getting some drops and hopefully getting some interceptions. That’ll come.”