Live chat with Steve Emtman
Highlights from a live chat with former Husky Steve Emtman
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Steve Emtman, the defensive star of the 1991 Washington team that won the national co-championship and who was a No. 1 overall NFL draft choice, talked about 1991, his dislike of the Ducks and much more in a live chat Wednesday.
Q: If you could change one thing about our current defense what would it be?
Emtman: One thing? (laughs) I only get one?
It would be basically to keep everyone on the defense playing hard and just doing their job.
Q: What are you doing now?
Emtman: Real-estate development and construction in the Spokane/Cheney area. Defender Development is my company.
Q: Have you ever thought about being a coach for our Huskies?
Emtman: Let's just say that's a rough question, but I did coach for four years in Eastern Washington after I was demoted from strength and conditioning coach. I have coached the Spokane Shock for a few years.
Q: How close did you come to going to Wazzu?
Emtman: Very close to going there. Thank God I didn't.
Q: You were a two-star recruit coming out of high school. What did the scouts miss, and what made you into an All-American?
Emtman: Attitude and work ethic.
It's the problem of recruiting today. Not necessarily for Washington, but in general. Forty times and stars don't really matter. It comes down to intensity, effort and attitude.
Q: When will dominant defenses be sexy again in college football? Seems like it's all about the offense.
Emtman: Amen. That's the problem. There's never a rule change for defense. There's never anything adjusted in football that helps the defense out.
Q: What are your thoughts on our new uniform color, black?
Emtman: Don't try to be Oregon. And ditch Nike.
Q: Best thing about your Husky career?
Emtman: It's learning what a group can accomplish if they're all on the same page. It's hard to find that same philosophy in the business world or real world.
Q: Can you tell us what it takes to become a physical football team?
Emtman: By living it, and recruiting it.
Q: Greatest Husky running back you've seen?
Emtman: Napoleon Kaufman.
Q: Was your cameo in the movie "Little Giants" the extent of your acting career?
Emtman: No, I had some commercials, but that was the high point of my acting career.
Q: Do you have any kids playing football?
Emtman: I have a 15-month-old boy who thinks he's a quarterback. I haven't broken it to him that he's going to be a lineman.
His name's Hank, and he's pretty good-sized already.
Q: Do you think the scheme of the UW '91 defense could be used to stop the spread attacks that are so popular these days?
Emtman: I think it's exactly what would stop the spread offense. The teams that have been successful against Oregon are the ones that have attacked them. I don't think you could shut Oregon out but ... I take it back. I think you could shut Oregon out.
Q: What was the loudest stadium you ever played in?
Emtman: Husky Stadium, of course. No question.
Q: How early will Hank commit to UW?
Emtman: He's already got three recruiting letters, and not one from Washington yet. And that's not a joke.
And I guarantee you that Oregon's not one of them.
Q: Best waterfowl to hunt?
Emtman: If it flies, it dies. But of course, when you shoot a duck, it feels the best.
Q: Your choice: 1) Poked in the eye with a hot spear; 2) pledge your allegiance to Duck football?
Emtman: I'll take the hot spear, or better yet, a Duck on a stick barbecued up good.
Q: Steve where do you see the Huskies three years from now?
Emtman: Hopefully, winning a Pac-12 championship.
Q: If you were in the locker room this Saturday before the game, what would you say?
Emtman: No matter what happens, make sure they respect you when they walk off the field.
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