The Bruener family was out in full force to watch one of their own sign on to play football at the University of Washington. Again.
Twenty-eight years ago, Mark Bruener began his Husky career, and on Dec. 18 his son, Carson, filed his letter of intent to join the UW ranks in a packed Redmond High career center.
Carson, a 6-foot-2/205-pound linebacker and occasional running back, committed to the UW in June and was thrilled to finally have signing day at his fingertips.
“It was definitely nice just to make it official now. Just to get the signature down on paper was an awesome experience,” said Carson, who was named the 4A KingCo Crown defensive most valuable player along with notching a first-team defensive nod at inside linebacker this season.
He looked around the room with a smile on his face in appreciation for those who were present.
“It just shows the support, especially my family, all my teammates, all my friends and even some people I barely know were here, so it’s cool just to see that this school, we’re together as a whole,” he said.
Carson said that he displays non-stop energy on the field — getting in on a ton of plays — because he didn’t score well in former Mustang head coach Jason Rimkus’ book after his first game as a sophomore. He loafed on some plays and said that the coach’s analysis helped him to excel the rest of the way. Rimkus was present when Carson committed to the UW and he was there on signing day as well.
“Ever since that first game, I have it embedded in my head that every single play, no loafing. Going 100 percent,” said Carson, who added that he’ll need to continue that game plan at UW — and compete even harder once he arrives to win a starting spot.
Redmond head coach Mickey Ahrens spoke at the signing event, noting that he uses the word “impressive” countless times when describing Carson’s character. Carson is always the first one to step up in a volunteer situation and is respectful to all those around him.
Ahrens congratulated Carson on signing his letter of intent.
“For me, I think great athletes, there’s a lot of them out there, but a great athlete with the character and drive that Carson has is rare, and ultimately that’s why you’re here today,” Ahrens said.