News Tribune reporter Doug Pacey was at UW football practice Friday and spent some time with Johnie Kirton, talking to him about his moves from running back to tight end and now to defensive tackle.
And also about his winter trip to the University of Port Elizabeth in South Africa, which Kirton considers a life-changing experience.
Kirton seems to have loved the trip. And he also seems pretty fired up about his new position.
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"Defense is more you can just go wherever," he said. "Just go get the ball, go take the ball. Then you've done your job. Technique is the only thing I have to pick up."
Given his size and athleticism, most everyone seems to think there's real potential in Kirton. Maybe it finally is realized on the defensive line. And that would be good news not only for Kirton, but also for the Huskies, because that is a clear position of need.
After holding their first two practices in helmets and shorts, the Huskies will work out in full pads on today.