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Football: WSU’s Mike Leach on list for George Munger coach of the year

Washington State head coach Mike Leach is one of 18 semifinalists for the George Munger Collegiate Coach of the Year, Maxwell Football Club president Ron Jaworski announced Friday.

Leach, in his fourth season with the Cougars, has led WSU to a 7-3 record, its best start since 2003, and its first national ranking (No. 24) since 2006.

The Cougars own one of the nation’s top passing attacks (414.4 yards per game) and own road wins over Rutgers, Oregon, Arizona and UCLA.

Stanford’s David Shaw and Utah’s Kyle Whittingham are the other Pac-12 Conference coaches on the list of 18.

The award will be selected by the MFC’s national selection committee. Semifinalist voting will begin Monday and close on Dec. 7, trimming the list to three coaches.

Finalist voting will run Dec. 8-20. The winner will be announced Dec. 21.

Indoor Football League

The Spokane Shock signed rookie wide receiver Brendon Felder to their 2016 roster.

Felder (6-foot, 190 pounds), of Winston-Salem (North Carolina) State, led the Rams with 43 receptions for 574 yards and nine touchdowns during his senior season. He also averaged 32.6 yards per kick return.

Felder’s speed (4.4 seconds in the 40-yard dash) earned him an opportunity in the Pittsburgh Steelers’ minicamp this year.

“Brendon is a tremendous athlete,” Shock head coach Adam Shackleford said. “His speed and expolosion after the catch really j;umped off the screen as I watched his film.”

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