Highlights of a live chat with former Washington linebacker Dave Hoffmann.
Dave Hoffmann, a linebacker on Washington’s national championship team in 1991, talked about the Huskies’ past, present and future during a live chat Monday with readers:
Q: Can you talk a little about your recruitment, and what were some of the factors that brought you to UW?
Hoffmann: The UW was always very high on my list, and what sealed it for me was the tradition of strong teams and a good reputation of a college experience up there. I thought a lot of Don James and knew what kind of quality guy he was. I considered both L.A. schools and both Arizona schools. After my recruiting visit to UW I gave my verbal commitment. I met James Clifford and Steve Emtman that week.
Q: What is your greatest Husky Stadium memory?
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Hoffmann: I’ll always remember my first time running through the tunnel my redshirt freshman year and my first game against Texas A&M, lighting somebody up.
Q: Is it really true that Oregon fans threw dog bones at you guys inside Autzen Stadium and you once picked one up and ate it?
Hoffmann: It’s all true, I can’t deny it. I always enjoyed playing on the road, wearing the black hats, playing in other people’s stadiums. It was always fun playing at Oregon and taking their house from them.
Q: Aside from the Rose Bowl game, do you have one game in particular that sticks in your memory as a pivotal moment to the running the table?
Hoffmann: I think the game against Nebraska. Our win back at Lincoln was big; that really catapulted us. Winning a big game like that on the road … that’s when I realized we could run the table.
Q: How important is it to have the same coaches year after year?
Hoffmann: I think it’s very important to establish a great relationship and a trust between coaches and players. With (defensive coordinator) Jim Lambright we had an unbelievable amount of trust and respect, and it went both ways. He also trusted us and believed in us.
Q: What do you think at this point of Lee Corso’s infamous comment: “It’s a good thing that UW didn’t have to face the Hurricanes at the end of the ’91 season, because they’d never have beaten Miami.”
Hoffmann: Well, I don’t have much to say about Lee Corso’s comments; he obviously was ignorant on that issue. We’d have loved to played them, and I think we all know what would have happened.
Q: Dave, do you have any eligibility left? The defense needs your help!
Hoffmann: I’d be lying if I said I didn’t have dreams some times that I have another year of eligibility. Then I wake up and realize it was just a great dream. It’s hard to sit still and watch a Husky game. My heart and soul is still with the Dawgs.