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Welcome back, readers. It's football season. The Cougars are down in Lewiston (where I'll be heading shortly myself) and while many professional prognosticators have shared their opinion on what the 2014 season holds for the Washington State football team, we won't really know until they take the field.

Since that hasn't happened quite yet, let's take a look one last look at what the pundits think, after the jump.


It's also season-preview season and we have a story about WSU's return to Idaho for fall camp … Oh, darn it! It looks like Howie Stalwick did, too! … SB Nation has a guide to the 2014 Cougars … USA Today has the Cougars No. 61 in their college football countdown.

Yesterday coach Mike Leach held an "Ask Me Anything" Q&A on You can read the transcript here (there may some crude language, etc.) or recaps by NBC, CougCenter and the Pac-12 blog.

I thought one of Leach's most interesting answers came when he was asked about NCAA efforts to prevent quarterbacks from getting hit low.

"It is a rule that actually helps us because we throw the ball more than anyone in the Country. I am all about QB safety, however, I am against the rule. The reason is that I think football is contaminated with too many rules and that you are asking defensive players to do something that is impossible. It is one thing if a defensive player deliberately tries to injure a QB and that should be handled accordingly, but defensive players as they are trying to get to the QB are often shoved by offensive players, are tripped, and can be thrown in there low without doing anything on their part to cause it."


He also provided some insight into the process of how he and the coaches script plays during game week.

"In the course of the week, we have scripted and rehearsed the vast majority of plays that we are going to run that week. Through calling plays in practice, I develop a sense of what I want, when. Then in the course of the game, through conversation with David Yost and other coaches in the press box who can see the field better than I can, we discuss what the opponent is doing and how we should address the situation and the problems our opponents present. The QB has the ability to check at the line of scrimmage as well. Most of all, we are looking for ways to attack our opponent and take advantage of their weaknesses."

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Jacob Thorpe
Jacob Thorpe joined The Spokesman-Review in 2013. He currently is a reporter for the Sports Desk covering Washington State University athletics.

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