Freep Quinton Washington story
I think this could be the 1st case of a story containing Hoke and RR and there is no room to start a debate or place blame or sling arrows. As RR would say can't we all be positive?
Good Story. With defense needing aggression and aggression coming from confidence maybe Q will really break out next year.
I don't think Q would have come this far with RR constantly screaming at him
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Look what you started, Ziff. Are you happy now?
In the future, probably no need to mention Rodriguez when no mention is necessary (especially in mentions where you mention that no mention is necessary).
This is a nice story showing the care RR's staff took and how Hoke took the baton and ran with it. I could see no downside......but I knew if we worked hard enough the bitterman could get get some snark and negativity going.
Nice work by .....Gordie "My cup is an 1/8th full bitterman" Bell to get the job done. Well Done.
I think people should feel reassured that even though the results on field weren't great, there was still some humanity shown off the field.
Great job Quinton. I'm proud of you for working at it until you felt comfortable to talk in public.
Good story most of us on the board didn't know about. Hope Mr. Washington continues his confidence building and shines on the D-line next year
Somebody asked Hoke in a recent (as in during this past week) press conference about what has made Washington better over the couple of games, and Hoke mentioned confidence. Obviously the speech-related confidence improvement is a longer-term process but it sounds like the staff found a great way to get through to Washington and helped him translate it to the football field.
Nice story -- I didn't know he had a speech impediment. That has to be a pretty daunting experience, going to school far from home, trying to adjust to college life in general (not to mention life in a big-time football program), and dealing with that.
For reasons I can't remember, Quinton was one of the recruits I was most excited about us getting in his class. Before this year, I was starting to worry that b/w the coaching change and the position switch, he would never become a regular contributor. But here we are, and he has done a pretty damn good job this year filling the gaping hole at NT left by Mike Martin's departure. (Remember a few months back when everyone just assumed it would be either BWC or even the true freshman Pipkins in that spot?) I'm looking forward to seeing what he can do the rest of this year and next, as he continues to mature and develop in the position with the great D-line coaching he's getting now.
Goddammit. First BlueinYarmouth's thread and now this one. What is this salty discharge in my eyes!??
I was already a big fan of Q, but this just takes it up a notch.
Well done, Mr. Washington!
I've also had a speech impediment for as long as I could speak. My level of empathy for fellow stutters is profound, because I know the struggle they go through. Good luck to Quinton.
I also have a speech impediment and I couldn't agree more. Also great story and I'm extremely happy for Washington.
I'm willing to look past it this time. This is really a great article.
From someone with a speech impediment like me, this is an amazing story. Props to him, and the University for helping him through it.
You know, when I look at the comments sction in posts like these about medical conditions (e.g. Denard's elbow), I'm constantly amazed at the group of MGoMembers we have. There is always at least one person who can personally relate to the stories and provide more color than most of us would ever get from just reading or hearing about it. We really have a great group here.
without feeling completely dirty.
I thought is was going to be about how he used extra practice hours to fix's his speech.. I kid, I kid..but nice article, what a game he went too vs wisconsin in 08. He has really turn into a heck of a player for us this year
I found this story to be very inspiring and reassuring in a way - my daughter actually was diagnosed with apraxia of speech a few years ago, basically as she was just learning to speak and the early intervention does wonders, of course. She has a confidence now that she did not even a year or two ago and it is wonderful to see. This is another example of how far a helping hand can go.
Thanks for sharing this.
speech impediment as well and Q's story but nothing but a smile on my face
He'll find he's in very good company. (And the film's terrific besides.)
I remember hearing some subtle reference to his speech impediment in relationship to his being quiet and shy. Glad to hear he's gaining both confidence on the field and off, and able to talk about it. I loved in one of the recent press conferences how Hoke got almost teary when talking how much he loved watching Q progress. It's rare to see that from Hoke, and now it's easier to understand why.
This is an example of what UM is about. It's great that we always have great teams, but it's easy to forget that this institution is really great at almost everytjing in the academic/non-athletic realm. GO BLUE
Quinton had one hell of a game versus Illinois, but check out his BACK TO BACK plays starting at the 13:40 mark.