Tripper Johnson: "I’m embarrassed and frustrated"

You’ve got to give Tripper Johnson credit for being a standup guy if nothing else, as the Washington safety spent a good chunk of time today discussing the big play in Saturday’s Apple Cup loss that helped WSU come back and tie the game.

On the 48-yard pass from Kevin Lopina to Jared Karstetter, cornerback Quinton Richardson was beat by Karstetter, and Johnson, who came over to provide help, misplayed the ball and watched it sail over his head as he tried to make a play.

“I thought I tracked the ball right, and I just remember running over and the ball just kept sailing and that’s all I can really say,” Johnson said. “I misread it. I thought right when I broke that I was going to have an interception, and I came up short, and I’ve been sick to my stomach ever sense.”

Johnson, a 26-year-old walk-on who played eight years of minor league baseball before this year, also commented on the team’s mentality, saying this team reminds him of some minor league teams

“The one thing I’ve noticed just being around sports my whole life is that I’ve been around teams where we have a winning attitude and a losing attitude, and it seems like now we kind of expect to lose,” he said. “I’ve been like teams like that in the minor leagues… and we just had the attitude that we expected to lose and we’d have to play perfect to win a game. I just feel like kind of right now if something bad happens, it just kind of waterfalls. Just to be able to believe that we can win is the main step.”

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