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Hot Cougar Action: Sunday morning links

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There is no better way to kick of Festivus than with some morning links.

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Football recruiting

Despite missing a good portion of the season due to a knee injury, current WSU verbal commit Cody O'Connell was named to the 4A first team by the Associated Press. The ESPN recruiting blog had more on the five players who signed with WSU last week although you have to be an Insider to read it.

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Local football players named all-state | The Wenatchee World
Wenatchee running back Isaiah Brandt-Sims was a first-team 4A selection, along with Panthers offensive lineman Cody O’Connell and Eastmont defensive back Trenton Osborn.

Washington State Cougars announces five signings - ESPN
Head coach Mike Leach and Washington State welcomed five new additions to their roster this week, according to a release issued by the school's official site.

Football

It seems everyone compares every WSU receiver to Michael Crabtree, so it makes sense to hear what Mike Leach has to say about Crabtree. Leach talks about how much Crabtree loves football and how hard he worked. He tells a story of a time Crabtree hopped a fence late at night to get into the stadium for some extra practice.

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Michael Crabtree emerging for 49ers - Vallejo Times Herald
"I told people they were stupid for saying that. It was absurd," Leach said in a phone interview, his voice rising. "This is a guy whose job is football, whose hobby is football and whose passion is football. "Michael really believes, like John Wooden used to say, that you should 'Make each day your masterpiece.' His masterpiece is on the football field."