April 23, 2003

Jordan Reffett: Bark at the Moon

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A year ago--a young man with a longing look in his eye stood by on the sidelines of the Dempsey Indoor Practice Facility, watching the University of Washington Huskies during a spring scrimmage. As the sound of popping pads echoed throughout the big room that April afternoon, another sound was echoing in the heart of Jordan Reffett--The sound of a voice which said long ago, "I will be a Husky, it will happen, you'll see."

"It's everything I ever wanted", Reffett now tells us. During the recruiting process, Reffett had been a patient young man--biding his time throughout the spring and summer months; playing hard and taking no prisoners on the field at Moses Lake High School in Moses Lake, WA. He knew what he was going to say when Rick Neuheisel popped the question.

That day came in the fall. Realdawg.com was fortunate enough to have the exclusive on the story that evening of October 10th, 2001--and as always, watched yet another success story taking shape.

Reffett signed his Letter of Intent the following February of 2002 and wasn't hard to miss a year ago when he attended spring practices in Seattle. There's something about Reffett--perhaps a menacing twinkle in his eye--as he talks about, watches, or just thinks about defense in the game of football. He later told us, "I loved watching them get into it out there", referring to the spring scrimmage at Dempsey that day, "You can see them mixing it all up--that's why I love defense. You can hear the pads pop, that's a great sound."

Reffett later went on to play in the State East/West All Star game, where he likewise proved himself to be insufferable on the football field. Husky fans began to compare him to the second coming of Emtman--an Eastern Washington bred player who had the tenacity and pure madness that separates good defensive tackles from great defensive tackles.

But when fall camp rolled around, Reffett found himself--once again--on the sidelines in street clothes, rather than enrolled in school.

His enrollment application had not come back as favorable as he wanted it to and Jordan was forced to wait it out until Winter Quarter due to the need for additional time to qualify academically.

Now, that is all behind him--and this New Dawg has fit and transitioned into the Husky Way of doing things just about as well as anyone could.

"I feel good", Reffett told us this spring, "When the freshman guys came in like Milsten, Dash, and Stan, their first week of practice was hellish compared to the way I've been playing since I've been here. I feel like I'm adjusting. I felt good out there with my first time at full-time, tackling action. I've only been here a few weeks but feel I've made a lot of progress and hopefully we'll do some damage."

Jordan has even been on the injured list one time since he began donning his #95 uniform. It was in the first scrimmage, "I came in during 4th and 1, Seery got the ball on a hand off and I stood him up and someone fell on my knee and twisted it around. It would have been a damn good play."

Reffett was held out for a few days while his knee recovered--but now he's back to normal and has been consistently showing growth and improvement at defensive tackle. "I've been a lineman my whole life. The only big change is speed--and it's something that I'm going to work on, explosion, stuff like that", Reffett said, "But I have a lot of good guys to look up to like Tank--he explodes off the ball--'Rome (Jerome Stevens) and those guys, they get off the ball. It's going to be fun to see what happens."

One thing that Jordan Reffett aspires to be down the line during his tenure at Washington is a leader, "I've been a leader my whole life", he says of the subject, "I take pride in being a leader, motivating people, and helping people out. And I want to be a positive leader--I don't like to get down on guys, I like to bring them up. I will definitely take that role a couple years down the road."

Another bonus to this whole experience is that Jordan has the honor of working under a man who probably has had more influence on him than any other football player: Steve Emtman, who's now the assistant strength and conditioning coach at Washington, "It's like this lurking shadow behind you", Reffett says about Emtman, "And you just want to do your best because he set the bar so high for defensive tackles here--you don't want to let anyone down. You work your butts off. We want to make our mark in this stadium, and in history. But having him around is a big confidence booster and a big motivator."

Jordan can't say enough about his teammates either--or the cohesiveness of the defensive lineman. In fact, Rick Neuheisel said just this week that no one practices harder than the defensive lineman. and Jordan echoed that sentiment, "The whole defensive line, from REB to HUSKY to nose tackle, it's all the DL's and it's all family. No one works harder than the defensive line. Coach Hart gets us ready and no one has a harder individual practice than we do and we take pride in that", said Reffett.

Right now Reffett says he has no preference on his future in terms of whether or not he will be redshirting. Much of this will be solidified by fall, but he's open minded to the idea of getting one additional year under his belt to work out and become stronger, "I'm willing to definitely redshirt because if it helps out the team then I'll get my years in", he said, "That's just one more year to get bigger and badder."

So now here it is: Exactly a year later. One thing Husky fans can be assured of when it comes to a player like this one--wearing the purple and gold uniform will never be taken for granted. No one wanted to be a Husky more than Jordan Reffett.

And another thing that Husky fans can look forward to seeing out of Reffett is a level of tenacity which could possibly make him a fan favorite on Saturdays--when the quarterback goes down, and the fans erupt....An example would be a statement made by Reffett in high school, after having put a quarterback out of game.

"Yep...they just messed with the wrong hombre...", he said.

During the last scrimmage, Reffett had 3 tackles. One was a sack for a 17 yard loss.

Reffett's younger brother Mitch was defensive player of the year last year for the Big 9. He is now being recruited by Washington for fullback.

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