5 youthful questions for Husain Abdullah

HUSAIN ABDULLAH

HE WAS ONCE KNOWN as Hamza Abdullah's little brother. And while big bro continues to impress, now as a Denver Bronco, Husain Abdullah is on track to be a three-year starter at WSU. That's something big bro, a one-year Cougar starter, can't touch. Husain also is a trend-setter in another way. He's the first Coug interviewed by me –- a 13-year-old WSU fan –- in a new weekly feature here on CF.C.

The purpose of this column is to ask questions -– some of them a little "offbeat," I'm told -- that are on the minds of younger fans.

The File On
HUSAIN ABDULLAH
HOMETOWN:
Pomona, Calif.

POSITION:
Free safety

YEAR:
Fourth-year junior

SIZE:
6-1, 178 pounds

CHOSE WSU:
Over Arizona State and Kansas State.

WSU CAREER:
In his second season as a starter. Came on strong as 2005 wore on, averaging seven tackles per game over the last eight contests of the season. Played in 11 games in 2004, on special teams and spot duty in the secondary.

STATS:
Had his biggest game of the season Saturday against Cal, posting 10 tackles and pulling down an interception. For the season he has 42 tackles and two INTs. Had 54 stops in 2005 and two INTs. Posted 26 tackles and one INT in 2004.

PREP CAREER:
A three-year starter at Pomona High. All-league two times on defense and once on offense. Named division's Defensive Player of the Year as a senior. Rated one of the top 10 prep safety prospects in the West in 2003. Also a standout in basketball and golf.

SIBLINGS:
Six brothers and three sisters.

So here goes -- the inaugural interview, with junior safety Husain Abdullah as the star attraction.

CF.C: Which of your teammates do you think would make the best President of the U.S.?

Husain: Wow, that's a tough question. I would say (junior safety) Christian Bass because he's really into political science and the history of not only the U.S. but he knows about all the other countries and what's going on. So I would choose Bass. He is always trying to create his own governments and stuff, so yeah, I would give it to him.

CF.C: Who on the Cougars do you think could win "American Idol"?

Husain: Kevin McCall (junior running back), easy -- hands down. He's a singer, dancer, music producer, he does it all.


HAMZA ABDULLAH: BRONCO BACKUP

What's the most embarrassing thing that has happened to you on the football field?

Husain: In my first game, my freshman year against New Mexico, I was a (special teams) gunner and I was running down the field and just tripped. It was just me and the dude and I just tripped and fell flat on my face.

If you had to place a bet, who would you put your money on in a 40-yard dash, (junior running back) Derrell Hutsona or (junior receiver) Charles Dillon?

Husain: I would say Charles because he's a young guy and I would just want to see him win.

Is there another Cougar you would bet on to beat either one of them?

Husain: Brian Williams (junior cornerback). I think he is the fastest person on the team.

If you had a parrot and could teach it to say any word or short phrase, what would it be?

Husain: Go Cougs!

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Hayden Eller, 13, is an eighth grader in Chelan, Wash., where he plays quarterback and safety for the fightin' Pirates of Chelan Middle School. His addiction to crimson and gray started four years ago when he attended his first game at Martin Stadium, a Cougar win over Idaho. His father, Jeff, is a 1985 WSU graduate. Hayden has named his dog Butch, and currently is working to turn his little brother and mom into avid Coug fans.


HAMZA, LEFT, AND HUSAIN ABDULLAH AT SPRING PRACTICE 2004.

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