There are two things Cougar fans can look forward to every year regardless of how the season is going: the Apple Cup and Mike Leach press conferences and we can finally combine the two this season. With the Cougars preparing to play in their biggest game of the year Leach, Hesiman candidate Gardner Minshew, James Williams, and a few others got their chance at the podium on Monday.
Williams started it off with a message that hits close as he mentions how Tyler Hilinski still helps him and the team get through some tough times during the year. Williams has performed well this year and we all know Tyler is looking down with that glorious smile cheering on his Cougs.
If there was one gif to explain Leach it would definitely be him struggling to eat a banana while talking to Washington head coach Chris Petersen. The Petersen-Leach era is far from over and the last time the two met was actually off the field and involved Leach showing up 30 minutes late to a head coaches meeting with an In-N-Out burger in one hand and a shake in the other. The story was originally brought up by Petersen but Leach had his reasons...
This is the best sound you will hear leading up to the #AppleCup and once again reinforces the fact that Mike Leach's press conferences are can't miss television #GoCougs #PurpleReign #Q13FOX pic.twitter.com/d1WJzs7tO3— Matt Scotton (@MattScotton) November 20, 2018
While we have definitely enjoyed the Leach press conferences this year, Gardner Minshew has come in a close second with his chances behind the podium. While the Apple Cup is the biggest game of the year in the Northwest, we may forget that those outside of the conference have no idea the game even exists. Enter Minshew who says he learned fast about how much this game means to everyone. When asked about his feelings towards Washington he responded with “I kinda hate everybody we play... I guess I hate them equally”
Friday won’t be the first time Jake Browning and Minshew will have met, the two had a chance to connect at the Manning camp this past summer but Minshew says he’s not even sure Browning knew who he was at the time.
Peyton Pelluer missed last year’s Apple Cup after suffering a season ending injury but said that last year they played tight which can lead to mistakes and then says that this year the team (in case you haven’t noticed) is playing loose regardless of who they are matched up with.
Finally, Hunter Dale had his moment in front of the media. When asked about how the team was not as physical last year he responded saying that they have listened to the hype about Washington and says that this year they believe that they have something special. He goes on to say that they are looking at their opponent this week as a team that is in the way of their goal and not just “the Apple Cup.”
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