HOT COUGAR ACTION: Thursday Morning Links

This time of the year, links can be sparse outside of spring practice or an arrest. Then, there are days like today where three different writers wrote profiles of WSU athletes.

Bud Withers of the Seattle Times has this profile of WSU tight end Andrei Lintz. Wither's article includes this quote from MIke Leach on the departure of Aaron Dunn.

Just as I became aware of who he was, he quit," Leach said. "He was a big-bodied guy who looked good. We never got to check him out. I'm kind of curious, honestly. It doesn't do me any good now.

Howie Stalwick profiled Xavier Cooper for the Kitsap Sun. From all accounts, Cooper has looked good this spring and has spent significant time running with the first team defense. There are a few redshirt freshman who could be in line for significant playing time this season, but Cooper may be the one to watch.

Finally, Brian Adamowsky of The Wenatchee World News profiled freshman shortstop Ian Sagdal. Sagdal has been a pleasant surprise for the Cougars this season. Not a projected starter in the presason, Sagdal has started 27 of the Cougars 33 games. He even played well enough to catch Jeff's eye.

Football

Wait almost over for Washington State DE Cooper " Kitsap Sun
PULLMAN — Xavier Cooper hasn't played in a football game in almost two years, but the former Tacoma prep star says the wait will soon pay dividends for himself and the Washington State Cougars.

Washington State tight end Andrei Lintz finds a spot in coach Mike Leach's wide-open offense | Cougar Football | The Seattle Times
PULLMAN — When Mike Leach was named to the Washington State football job four months ago, WSU partisans knew what they were in for — receivers flooding the secondary, Leach's droll commentary, perhaps an introduction to the subculture of pirates.

Boise State football program adds former Washington State assistant as director of player personnel | Voices.IdahoStatesman.com
Boise State has hired former Washington State tight ends coach and recruiting coordinator Rich Rasmussen as director of player personnel, the school announced Wednesday.

WSU Live Chat, noon - SportsLink - Spokesman.com - April 18, 2012
Greetings from the Palouse. Let's get cracking.

Baseball

Cougars Travel to Eugene - The Washington State University Official Athletic Site
PULLMAN, Wash. - Washington State (18-15, 5-6 Pac-12) travels to Eugene, Ore., for a three-game Pac-12 series with nationally-ranked Oregon (26-10, 10-5 Pac-12), Friday-Sunday, April 20-22.

Ex-Eastmont star into swing at WSU | The Wenatchee World
PULLMAN — Ryan Hadfield saw it, Brandon Schmitten saw it and now Donnie Marbut sees it.

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