After getting last weekend off for a bye week, the Washington Huskies are set to play their final home game of the year on Saturday against the Oregon State Beavers. The Huskies will honor their seniors prior to their final game in Husky Stadium. Senior linebacker Ben Burr-Kirven shared about his memories playing on Montlake.
“It’s hard to pick one thing,” the team’s leading tackler admitted. “Every time you come out here, you run out here on Saturdays, it’s one of the special things I get to do in my life, to hear this crowd roar. It’s an incredible place to play football and I’m blessed to have been able to spend four years doing it here.”
Football is an emotional game, and one might expect extra emotions heading into a group of players’ final games at their home stadium; however, Burr-Kirven assured that feelings won’t get in the way of the Huskies playing their best football.
“I don’t think anyone is going to let the last home game element get in the way of playing good football. It would be a shame to go out there and get too excited about playing your last game, getting in that and play bad football the last time in front of these fans. I don’t think anyone is thinking about that at all.”
The Huskies will be playing a familiar foe on Saturday, as the Oregon State Beavers are coached by former Washington offensive coordinator Jonathan Smith. Smith called plays for the Huskies from 2014-2017 and has helped the Beavs to score 27.5 points per game this season. When watching Oregon State, running back Jermar Jefferson jumps out to Burr-Kirven.
“He’s a real talented guy. I think he’s really patient. He’s a lot like Myles (Gaskin) in that he does a good job waiting for that hole to open up and once he sees it he’s going downhill real hard. He’s a talented kid for a true freshman and he’s going to do a lot of good things for them.”
While the Huskies will be familiar with Smith’s offense, the Beavs’ head coach will be equally familiar with Washington’s schemes. Burr-Kirven insists this is not a cause for concern.
“You just have to know that he knows what we like to do and obviously we have wrinkles for him and that kind of stuff but at the end of the day he knows what we are trying to do. But at the same time every team knows what we are trying to do. If you’re watching tape the way you should you’re going to know what the other team does. He does have some inside knowledge of us, but at the same time it’s still a football game and he still has to game plan us and we have to game plan him. You try not to get too worried about that stuff.”
The Huskies kick off their senior day at 1:30 PM at Husky Stadium against Oregon State.