I was recently speaking with former Washington Husky fullback Pat Conniff. He provided an interesting perspective about former Coach Rick Neuheisel’s two offensive coordinators while at UW, which were Karl Dorrell and Keith Gilbertson.
“In my freshman and sophomore seasons, I played a limited role, playing some H-back and not a lot of true fullback,” said Conniff. “Dorrell came in my junior year (1999) and made the fullback position a true position for the first time in awhile. I owed Dorrell quite a bit. Dorrell made the fullback somewhat of a focal point in the offense.
“When Gilby became coordinator in 2000, he molded it further and ran with the concept. He called me and Marques Tuiasosopo into a meeting, because Marques and I had run a type of veer offense at Woodinville High School. So Gilby, Marques, Neueheisel and I sat down and discussed this play. They wanted to know if Marques and I could improvise with it and teach them how to run it. We taught them (that philosophy) and it ended up being a huge aspect of our offense. It played a large role in us getting to the Rose Bowl that year. Gilbertson had an offensive mind that was second to none. He was one of my favorite coaches of all time, and I respect him a ton.”