That was the question asked to Forrest Gump by none other than JFK when Gump was tearing it up at Alabama. Gump of course answered "I have to go pee!" after drinking about a dozen Dr. Peppers. And somehow they used film tricks to make it look like JFK turned and laughed, saying "I believe he said he has to go pee!" Great line.
But that question now has to be asked of this undersized true frosh linebacker who left everything he had on the field of play, week after week after week:
That's right, Louis Bland is an ALL-AMERICAN. Freakin' SWEET.
OK, so he's not an AP All-American. It's an all-frosh team. And OK, it's not the Sporting News, it's Phil Steele (who cranks out the best preview magazines, ever). And he's not on the first team.....he's third team. BUT STILL, in this season of craptacular performances, it's something! Something good to warm you up, wherever you may be right now.
And how can anyone not appreciate the job Bland did this year? He was big when we needed him, especially in that Apple Cup. Per the press release:
Bland's best game of the season may have been in WSU's 16-13, double-overtime win over Washington in the Apple Cup. He collected seven tackles, five solo, three tackles-for-loss and a pass breakup. Saving the best for overtime, Bland stopped both Husky drives with a two-yard tackle for loss in the first OT then recorded another two-yard TFL in the second OT, which forced a 37-yard FG that was missed.
Big-time players make big-time plays in key situations. To do what he did as an undersized true frosh on a lousy defense, well, Louis Bland has that "look", doesn't he? The kid is going to be really special before it's all said and done. Nice job Louis.
ENJOY YOUR FRIDAY, and GO COUGS!