West Back into Flow on Defensive Live
Sept. 4, 2012
Raleigh, N.C. - Redshirt junior defensive end Forrest West made the tough decision to transfer from Colorado after two seasons to come and play for the Wolfpack. After sitting out last season, West was able to don a Wolfpack uniform this past weekend in the season opener in Atlanta.
"I was a little rusty," said West. "I really didn't have a pregame ritual like I usually pick up as the season goes on.
"It was exciting. It was a big game, the fans had high energy. It felt kind of weird, it felt like my first game my freshman year because I have not played in over a year. The first couple of drives, I got right back where I left off (from Colorado)."
West played two seasons with the Buffaloes, including a selection to the Freshman All-Big 12 team in 2009, but decided to join the Pack last summer. Unfortunately, NCAA rules required West to sit out last season.
"The year went by pretty slow, I didn't have much to look forward to on the weekends," said West. "I wasn't allowed to travel because of NCAA rules, so I haven't been able to feel that game day experience for awhile."
West got the game day experience in the Pack's season opener against Tennessee. He came off the bench to play 31 snaps at defensive end, and recorded one QB pressure.
"I'm glad that first game is under my belt," said West. "I was kind of like a deer in headlights that first play, but now it's all good."
Now the second week of the Pack's season might bring even more excitement for West. He is from Canton, Connecticut, which is about a five-minute drive from UConn's home stadium, Rentschler Field.
"I'm excited to be going back home," said West. "I have a whole bunch of family and friends coming, about 50 people. It's going to be different, I've never played up there. I've never actually been to a game at Rentschler Field.
Despite the Pack's opening loss to the Vols, West and his teammates know there is plenty of time to have a memorable season. West knows time on the practice field will help him become a better player
"I'm a much more physical player (then at Colorado)," said West. "The tempo is a lot faster (here), so you have to adapt to that and pick it up."