Fogerson plays with heavy heart
Thats the sound Fogerson heard after catching a pass in the flat and trying too hard to shimmy and shake. The play resulted in only a one-yard gain, and immediately he heard the voice of one of his former coaches in his head.
It was the voice of Phil Lumpkin.
Fogersons former basketball coach at ODea High School was in his thoughts Saturday, when the UW football team lost 24-23 to UCLA. Fogerson had dedicated the game to Lumpkin, who died suddenly earlier in the week after a short bout with pneumonia.
Every time I went out to practice this week, Fogerson said. I could hear his voice in my head.
It was Lumpkins trademark gasp of frustration. And, like the memory of his former coach, it was with Fogerson on Saturday afternoon. One could say that he played with a heavy heart.
I cried, and I definitely miss him dearly, Fogerson said after catching four passes for 27 yards Saturday afternoon. But it didnt affect how I worked this week. Hes gone, and you have to get through that.
Fogerson found out about Lumpkins death about the same time most of Seattle did, last Monday night. He had just come off the UW practice field when he discovered, in Fogersons words, about 25 text messages on his cell phone.
It was totally unexpected, Fogerson said. I thought hed be coaching until he was 75. He was one of the most active coaches. That blew my hair back.
Eventually, Fogerson tried to push past his pain and stay focused on the goal of getting UW back on the winning track.
Even though that didnt happen, Fogerson was back in the rotation after seeing his role limited in the Huskies two previous games.
With three games left on the schedule, Fogerson plans to continue dedicating them to his former coach.
Things mean a lot more now, after the way he died, Fogerson said. Hes going to be missed by the whole ODea family.
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