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Cougar linebackers refine communication

PULLMAN – Washington State made an organizational change to its linebacking corps, one that will not change the way the Cougar defense looks this season, but one that coaches hope drastically improves the way it communicates. They brought the Buck linebackers – hybrid defensive ends … Read more

WSU linebackers refine communication

PULLMAN – Washington State made an organizational change to its linebacking corps, one that will not change the way the Cougar defense looks this season, but one that coaches hope drastically improves the way it communicates. Read more

WSU position preview: Defensive backs

This is the third of eight position previews looking at WSU’s position-by-position prospects for the upcoming season. Today: Defensive backs. Tuesday: Linebackers. PULLMAN – Classes haven’t even started at Washington State and the freshman members of the Cougars’ defensive backfield are already feeling a bit overwhelmed with how much studying college requires. Read more

WSU’s young defensive backs get crash course

Classes haven’t even started at Washington State and the freshman members of the Cougars’ defensive backfield are already feeling a bit overwhelmed with how much studying college requires. Read more

Give and Take: Tweets of the week

@ Srpreps (Greg Lee) For my money the best opening game in this area is Richland at Gonzaga Prep with Wenatchee/Mead and CV/CdA close #nwprepsnow. @Jacob_ThorpeSR It’s pouring rain in Lewiston’s 80-degree heat. We’ve seen almost everything this camp. Still have time for snow before the scrimmage. Read more

Coug kicking game has new lineup

This is the first of eight previews looking at WSU’s position-by-position prospects for the upcoming season. Today: Special teams. Sunday: Quarterbacks PULLMAN – After two seasons of stability in the kicking game Washington State enters 2014 unsure how its specialists will perform, or even who they will be. Read more

Some uncertainty for Cougars in kicking game

After two seasons of stability in the kicking game Washington State enters 2014 unsure how its specialists will perform, or even who they will be. Read more

In brief: Connor Halliday named to Manning Award Watch List

College football: Washington State quarterback Connor Halliday has been named to the 2014 Manning Award Watch List, announced by the Allstate Sugar Bowl Thursday. Halliday is one of seven Pac-12 quarterbacks included on the list of 32. Read more

Running backs Gerard Wicks, Jamal Morrow give Cougars’ Air Raid ground forces

LEWISTON – It didn’t take long for redshirting running backs Gerard Wicks and Jamal Morrow to show that they were ready to move beyond the lesser competition they faced in Washington State’s 2013 underclassmen scrimmages. Facing mostly fellow first-years, away from the big crowds and bright lights of a Cougar Football Saturday, the two constantly one-upped each other with broken tackles and big runs. Read more

Cougars linebacker Cyrus Coen improving in pass defense

LEWISTON – Cyrus Coen says he can’t wait to face opposing offenses. Washington State’s quarterbacks are probably ready for him to make someone else’s life harder, too. You wouldn’t believe it to watch WSU’s fall camp but pass coverage used to be a weakness for Coen. “That was kind of the knock on him,” said coach Mike Leach of the Sam linebacker from Pearl City, Hawaii. Read more

Bucannon passed DB torch to Brown

PULLMAN – Sometime during the night before last year’s New Mexico Bowl, before the Cardinals made Deone Bucannon a first-round NFL draft pick, the Washington State safety planned his succession. Bucannon played an integral role in leading the Cougars to their first bowl game in a decade, as did senior cornerbacks Damante Horton and Nolan Washington. Before Bucannon could take the field against Colorado State he had to make sure that the gains those seniors fought for would be protected after they left. Read more

WSU’s Brown new leader of the backs

Before he took the field for his last game at Washington State, Deone Bucannon sought out Daquawn Brown and conferred the responsibility of leading the defensive backs in the years ahead. Read more

WSU kicker Powell takes over for fan favorite Furney

LEWISTON – It’s a fair assumption that the most jubilant reaction to kicker Andrew Furney 51-yard, game-winning field goal for the New York Jets in his first NFL preseason game Thursday night came not in Yonkers or Poughkeepsie, but 2,500 miles to the west. The affection Washington State fans had for Furney over the last four years bordered on hero worship, and their fondness for the “fat kicker” grew even as he shed pounds. Read more

WSU kicker has big shoes to fill

LEWISTON – It’s a fair assumption that the most jubilant reaction to kicker Andrew Furney 51-yard, game-winning field goal for the New York Jets in his first NFL preseason game Thursday night came not in Yonkers or Poughkeepsie, but 2,500 miles to the west. Read more

WSU depth chart coming into shape following scrimmage

LEWISTON – The depth chart has changed more than the roster since Washington State’s 2014 spring football practices ended. The Cougars scrimmaged for 62 plays on Saturday and coaches said that the starters and backups reflected how the snaps would shake out if a game were held today, providing hints at answers to questions about who has parlayed a good fall camp into a starting spot and which freshmen may see the field. Read more

Fierce competition helps shape WSU depth chart

The Cougars scrimmaged for 62 plays on Saturday and coaches said the starters and backups reflected how the snaps would shake out if a game were held today. Read more

WSU freshman Nick Begg’s versatility a nice problem for Cougars

LEWISTON – Finding Nick Begg on a Washington State practice field can be tricky. One can never be certain what position, or even what side of the ball the freshman will be practicing with that day. Read more

WSU freshman Nick Begg’s versatility a nice problem for Cougars

One can never be certain what position, or even what side of the ball Washington State freshman Nick Begg will be practicing with that day. Read more

Cougars’ highly-touted freshmen adjusting to new demands

LEWISTON – As the final National Letters of Intent came humming through the fax machine back in February, Mike Leach announced that the signees comprised the best football recruiting class he’d landed as the Washington State coach. History will have to judge that one. Read more

Cougars’ highly-touted freshmen adjusting to new demands

As the final National Letters of Intent came humming through the fax machine back in February, Mike Leach announced that the signees comprised the best football recruiting class he’d landed as the Washington State coach. Read more