You won’t find Will Disley and Abraham Lucas very friendly this week.
“He told me yesterday he couldn’t believe he was talking to me this week,” Lucas, the former Washington State all-star, said Wednesday, three days before the 114th Apple Cup.
Disingenuously, in fact, he takes the UW-Wazzu rivalry very seriously.
“I didn’t wear any red this week, keeping the tradition alive,” said Disley, who went 4-0 in the Apple Cup during his four seasons with the Huskies.
Lucas, as a senior last year, helped the Cougars slide a seven-game losing streak to UW with a 40-13 win at Husky Stadium.
“It was amazing to win,” said Lucas. “It was a little bit different because of all the controversy [surrounding former coach Nick Rolovich], which made enjoying it a little difficult. I was finally happy to win, even though I will forever have an all-time losing record against UW. It would have been nice not to be 0-5 or whatever. At least I got one.”
Fool said he’s confident the Huskies will rally again with a victory Saturday night in Pullman.
“You have to give little brother a win so he can keep playing with you,” he said. “So (Lucas) knows that. He doesn’t have the confidence that we have when we go to the Apple Cup. He kind of knows what the outcome is going to be. So it has to be game on for the purple and gold.”
Regardless of the rivalry, Disley admired what Lucas did as a rookie. Entering Sunday’s home game against the Raiders, Lucas has started all 10 games this season at right tackle, part of a strong junior class that also features Charles Cross at left tackle.
“Abby, he doesn’t really need a lot of information and tips and tricks. He just kind of knows and he gets to work and he gets the game plan and he’s ready to go on Sunday.” “That was the biggest thing I saw was how he works day in and day out. It was really fun to watch. The guy is the adventurer. He’s really fun. I love the pursuit of it in the running game, and he does a really good job (too).”
Rejected Candidate for the Sportsmanship Award
Dissly was a Seahawks nominee for the ninth annual Art Rooney Sportsmanship Award, presented to one NFL player “who demonstrates qualities of sportsmanship on the court, including fair play, respect for the game and opponents, and integrity in competition.”
Each team nominated one player for the award. Eight finalists will be chosen, after which players will vote on one winner at the end of the season.
“It’s great to be recognized,” Disley said. “I definitely play this game for the love of the game and to have fun with my teammates. To honor the nominee for that, it’s really nice. Really grateful.”
Geno Smith turkey drive
Seahawks QB Geno Smith helped give away a dozen turkeys Monday night in Belltown to those in need of a Thanksgiving.
“A lot of people came out. The 12 are strong here as we all know, and they showed up and showed a lot of love,” Smith said Wednesday. I really appreciate returning the favor, too.”
He said giving back is something his family started when he was younger.
“It starts with my mom and my grandmothers,” he said. “They’ve been giving back in our community back home in Miami for years, and that’s something they’ve always implemented in me, to always give back no matter what your position or standing. Try to help people and lend a hand to people who need or not, just be a good person and help the community.” “.