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HEAVY Hitter
Richard Hoffer
December 02, 1991
Steve Emtman's ferocious play is a major reason why Washington is undefeated and headed for the Rose Bowl
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December 02, 1991

Heavy Hitter

Steve Emtman's ferocious play is a major reason why Washington is undefeated and headed for the Rose Bowl

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Today, Steve talks about achieving that perfect game and is disappointed at how far from it he seems. When people hear him talking like that, they begin to think that maybe he will remain at Washington for his senior year, just for the challenge of it. "I look at film and I see so many mistakes—my stance, fundamental things," he says. "I've got a long way to go."

Still, he is not without hope. "I see potential. It's there."

There is no predicting what Emtman will do next. Like at spring practice this year, when Emtman was leading several players through calisthenics. Emtman shuffled left, they shuffled left. Emtman dropped and did push-ups, they dropped and did push-ups. Emtman stopped, hesitated and did a full-blown backflip. His teammates stood agog. It is a surprising thing to see 290 pounds uncoiling in midair. "Like a Cadillac doing a somersault," said middle guard D'Marco Farr at the time. Emtman had never done a backflip before in his life. "Things just come over me sometimes," he says.

Meanwhile, the war against quarterbacks continues, and Emtman respects no limits nor many rules in the decimation of that population. He's straight-ahead destruction, a one-man pillage, a Saturday afternoon entertainment unto himself, if you happen to enjoy the ransacking of backfields. As any carp would tell you, this guy comes out firing.

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