FROM PULLMAN — David Gilbertson shares Andrew Furney's sense of humor, so of course he could only joke when the timeout was called.
Eastern Washington decided to try to “ice” Furney at the end of Saturday's first half, WSU leading 21-14 with a 60-yard field goal attempt upcoming.
But trying to ice Andrew Furney is like … well, it's like trying to ice Andrew Furney.
“Gilby actually came up to me and cracked a smile and said, 'Oh they’re calling a timeout. They must actually think you can make it,'” Furney said Monday during WSU's media availability. “That’s kind of our approach to every kick. Just go out and have fun. Life’s too short to take it that serious.”
Also: “Calling a timeout before a kick kind of helps me out a little bit. Lets me enjoy the moment a little bit. Got in a couple laughs with Gilbertson and the guys up front. I enjoy the moment and it gives me more time to get comfortable on the field.”
He was comfortable enough from 60 yards. Furney made the kick, of course — though he said he's bothered by the 40-yarder he missed in the second half — and was chosen to be one of WSU's three players to speak with reporters at Monday's press conference.
He also recorded this hilarious video for the WSU athletic department.
Furney answered a variety of questions about his personality and his role as a team leader despite being a kicker.
He's a laid-back dude who has fun and doesn't care what people think. Especially when it comes to jokes about his physique. He'd rather just laugh along with them.
“I always enjoy kind of the fun people throw at me with my body type, and that’s me,” Furney said. “I don’t really mind. I am who I am.”