By Jason Krump
When Andrew Furney’s kick sailed through the Martin Stadium uprights to win the Apple Cup, it marked the end of the 2012 season.
And the beginning of the 2013 campaign.
“Most teams after the last game may take a couple of weeks off,” remembers Furney. “We were right back at it that Monday.”
And as Furney elaborates, “There were some pukers in that one.”
That commitment working toward the 2013 season continued throughout the spring, summer and into fall camp.
“The summer was probably the best summers we’ve had,” says Furney after a fall practice in August. “We ran a ton and lifted really well.”
And in addition to the physical development, the team became a more cohesive unit, a process that started at the Apple Cup.
"It was defiantly one of those things that showed how strong we can be when we come together,” Furney says of the Apple Cup win. “It was one of the games where we all came together and once you see that interaction it’s something you want to duplicate."
And the bonding carried over to the off-season.
“We spent a lot more time together. We really got to know each other a deeper and more personal level."
“Especially in Lewiston,” Furney continues, referring to the time the team spent at the beginning of fall camp. “You had to spend time with and get to know each other. Even people I felt like I knew pretty well, you get to hang out with them and know things you didn’t know before.”
For Furney, the act of kicking can be compared to another sport.
“A lot of people compare it to golf but I like to compare it to pitching in terms of how much we kick,” he explains. “You throw in the bullpen everyday to stay fresh. You try as much as possible act like it’s practice.”
Furney put that practice to use during the Apple Cup overtime.
As he was setting up, Washington called timeout, but he still managed to get a kick in.
Without the ball.
"I told Gilby (holder David Gilbertson) earlier in the game, 'If they try to ice me, we’re going to try and get a kick in,'” Furney explains.
"Of course, they call the timeout so we tried to get an air rep in there," he says. "That was just more a mental thing to try and go through it and good mental rep and get comfortable out there."
When the real kick happened, Furney knew it was good the second he made contact.
"It’s really indescribable," he says. "There was an instant grin. It was a great feeling just knowing you can put it through the uprights for the guys on the team."
Furney is a double major in marketing and finance at WSU. He entered his senior year with a 3.26 GPA and is expected to graduate in May 2014.
“My goals have still been the same,” he says. “For me the older you get the more you realize how fast this goes by and how special the bonds you have with the guys on the team are. Those are the memories you make and you want to make as many as possible."
And the memories Furney has made, and will continue to make, this year is possible by being a collegiate student-athlete.
“You can’t put a price tag on a scholarship and the opportunity to play football at Washington State," he says. "The memories I’ve made here will definitely last a lifetime, as well as the friendships.
"Everything about Washington State is great. The only reason I really did come here is because I had the opportunity to get a scholarship. That alone, just that talk of a scholarship, it means so much and has so much weight with potential Cougs in terms of recruiting. It’s something that has changed my life forever and I’m grateful.”