MOSCOW Linebacker Robert Siavii just wants to get past the pregame emotions.
Unfortunately for the senior, thats going to be darn near impossible as he prepares to play his final home game.
To get (past the emotion), I just remember who Im playing for and what Im playing for first and foremost, I play for the man above, I play for this university and I play for my teammates, Siavii said.
Siavii (pronounced SEE-ah-vee-ee) is one of 19 seniors the Vandals will honor before Saturdays game against UT-San Antonio.
A longtime fan favorite because of his relentless work ethic and high-powered motor, the Wahaiwa, Hawaii, native was supposed to finish his college career last year, but a knee injury in spring ball kept him on the sideline as the Vandals struggled through a 2-10 season.
Although sitting out and rehabbing was a painful process, he admits it helped him put his career into perspective.
Senior Day is every day because you cant take any plays for granted, said Siavii, the Vandals leading tackler in 2010. You cant take any opportunity for granted, and after I got injured thats when I finally realized that every day is Senior Day for me.
I got to make sure every single game I give it all I got.
Siavii did not travel with the team for last weeks game against BYU. He is expected to play against UTSA.
Siavii will be an honorary captain, interim coach Jason Gesser said earlier this week.
I have the utmost respect and love for that kid, Gesser said. The passion that he plays with and the things that he does, its amazing.
I wish we had 85 Rob Siaviis running around out there because he plays with so much heart and so much passion, and he just lays it all on the line. He doesnt care about himself at all. He cares about everyone around him.
Although he may not have 85 Rob Siaviis, Gesser has one whos ready to once again leave it all on the field.
Whenever youre a captain, you have to go up front and stretch in front of the team, Siavii said. I kinda said no because I came here as a nobody and thats how I want to keep it even though he made me the honorary captain this week, I didnt want to go up there and stretch in front of the team.
Im just going to look at it as a regular game and go play as hard as a I can for my team.