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December 16, 2014 at 11:44 AM

Video: Andrew Andrews on Grambling State

Here’s Andrew Andrews talking about No. 16 Washington’s game against Grambling State on Wednesday.

And here’s a few quotes from the interview.

(On if there’s been any surprises to the 8-0 start) “Not at all. Going into the year – even into the summer – we had a couple of goals, which were win the games we’re supposed to win and try to win every game at home. So far that’s what we’ve done and that’s been our game plan from the start. Do what we’re supposed to do as far as practice, in the weight room and come out and play hard every game. We thought if we did those things early and at the start of summer we could have a pretty good year.”

(On handling success) “The way to handle success is don’t think you’re successful. We just continue each game as it comes. We know each game we have something to prove. As long as we’re taking each game as they come and not looking ahead to the future and (thinking) oh we’re this and we’re that, then we’ll be alright.”

(On what needs to improve in final nonconference games) “We have so much stuff to get better on. Our defense is pretty good, but we still can get better at our defense. Offensively, we can run ourĀ  offense a little bit more efficiently. Just tighten up a little bit more on defense and get better on offense.”

(On what specifically needs to improve defensively) “Everything from close outs, knowing personnel a little bit better and keeping guys in front. Not always relying on Rob (Upshaw) even though he’s a tremendous shot blocker. If we do those things, we’ll be even better on the defensive end. And offensively, running more fluently. Sometimes we’re out there a little bit stagnant.”

(On Mike Anderson who said biggest difference between last year and this season is everyone buying in) “Definitely. That was a big step getting everybody to stay here for the summer. When he (coach Lorenzo Romar) first told us everybody was like ‘Man, I need to go home. We got to do. We got to do that.’ But once everybody stayed, we figured it was best for the team. It was best for us to build that chemistry. We always had chemistry in past years, but when everybody is here and going through the same things it’s a little bit different.”

(On final piece to the buy in) “We all bought in during training camp. We had a coaches and players meeting. We kind of just discussed everything. How the year is going to go. We got our feelings out and what we needed to do. After that practices got better. Everyone started clicking a little more. I think it happened at training camp for us.”

(On the meeting) “It was a full team meeting. Everybody was there. And it wasn’t like anybody did anything wrong, it was just everyone talking about how we wanted the season to go and what it meant to reach our goals.”

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