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Cougars show improvement in running game

AUBURN, Ala. – Washington State under coach Mike Leach will never engage in a smashmouth, grind-it-out game with anybody, let alone a team like Auburn that prides itself on how it rushes the football. While Auburn’s 279 yards rushing on Saturday night was the key to its 31-24 victory over WSU, it was the Cougars whose output in that category was probably more surprising – and pleasantly so, at least for them.

Time to step up

This is the seventh of eight positional reviews of Washington State’s 2013 football team. Today: Defensive backs. Wednesday: Special teams. PULLMAN – There is no position group on Washington State’s football team that has better experienced the tumult of the past three seasons than the Cougars’ secondary.

WSU’s secondary takes on challenge with enthusiasm

This is the sixth of eight position previews of Washington State University’s 2012 football team. Monday: special teams. PULLMAN – There is more pressure this season on Nolan Washington, on Damante Horton, on all of Washington State’s cornerbacks than they are used to.

Coug corners have each other’s backs

PULLMAN – There were times last season when Washington State’s secondary had more cover-your-eyes injuries than an MMA undercard. Three broken legs, a couple torn muscles, two busted up shoulders and assorted sprains and strains threw the group into disarray.

Cougars catch on at camp

PULLMAN – As Daniel Blackledge was talking after practice Monday, cornerback Nolan Washington walked by and shared a one-word opinion of Blackledge's day. “Lucky,” the redshirt freshman joked.