Up close with OU's Tress Way
BY ERIC BAILEY World Sports Writer
Thursday, November 22, 2012
11/22/12 at 7:24 AM
Senior Tress Way will make his final appearance at Memorial Stadium on Saturday. The Union High School graduate was a placekicker during a three-game span in 2009 before exclusively moving to punter. Way's younger brother, Cole Way, is the University of Tulsa's starting punter.
Has your senior year gone by real fast?
"Yes, extremely fast. I heard guys say it last year and the seniors said it last year and I can't believe it's about done. It's just been the best experience of my life. I just want to end the right way and go out winning here on out."
Can you talk about your parents' support during your career?
"It's so funny. They always make a date weekend out of it. I always thank them for coming. At Iowa State, I thanked them so much for driving up. They said, are you kidding me? Thank you. We get to watch you play. They went down to Kansas City and went on a date and watched a few football games and then came back Sunday. They're living the dream. I couldn't say enough about them. They are my whole world and my support. It's amazing."
What is your most memorable moment at OU?
"My memorable moment was probably freshman year against Oklahoma State. Coming out, at home, it was a crazy, windy day and it was just one of those things when all the stars were aligned. Me, personally, wanting to beat Oklahoma State because I was recruited by them a little out of high school and I grew up an Oklahoma State fan. Playing that well the first time we played them ... it was fun too because it set the bar high because I knew I had to do that good from then out."
What about something that you would like to throw out of your memory bank?
"It would be BYU my freshman year when I missed the game-winner. That one, hands down, that was my first time to really make a big play for the Sooners and I ended up missing the game winner. I don't kick anymore, obviously, but against Nebraska when we could have beat Nebraska off of field goals and I was only 1-for-4. I'd like to throw those out of there. That's all right. That doesn't have anything to do with my punting career."
Are you going to be a Tulsa fan for the next two years since your younger brother Cole is on the team?
"Absolutely. My little brother is playing and I'm going to go to as many games as I can. If I can't play at the next level, I'd love to interview for a coaching job and see what happens as a GA. I'll be a huge Tulsa fan for the next two years."