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HCA: The definitive WSU 2013 preview

Want to know what to expect from WSU heading into 2013? You have some reading to do.

George Frey

College football preview season is in full swing and after a few so-so previews to get us started, WSU got Bill Connelly treatment on Tuesday. The link was posted in the comments of Tuesday's HCA, but it's worth repeating.

In case you are unaware, Connelly previews every college football team for SB Nation and his previews are as good as it gets. His preview of the Cougars didn't disappoint and it is absolutely worth your time. Here is a quick excerpt with the full thing here.

New defensive coordinator Mike Breske moved from Montana to Pullman and installed what was basically a flexible 3-4, with a BUCK linebacker occasionally lining up with his hand on the ground. The result was a more aggressive defense that still had plenty of flaws but improved up front and did an infinitely better job of stopping drives before the end zone. Wazzu's per-play stats improved a little; its per-drive stats improved a lot. It didn't really help the win-loss record because of the offensive stagnation, but if we work under the assumption that Leach is going to figure things out on offense (still a fair assumption given his track record), then seeing the defense improve so much, so quickly is incredibly encouraging.

Football recruiting:

In case you missed it Tuesday night, WSU landed a verbal commitment from a cornerback.


WSU Football Recruiting: Kevin Griffin, CB from California, commits to Cougs - CougCenter
The 6'1 corner from Concord's infamous De La Salle HS becomes the seventh commit of the 2014 class.


Deone Bucannon is a pre-season All-American! Well, he made Athlon's fourth team, but still it's something.


Bucannon Named Preseason All-American by Athlon Sports - The Washington State University Official Athletic Site
PULLMAN, Wash. - Washington State University senior safety Deone Bucannon was named to the Preseason All-America Fourth Team by Athlon Sports Tuesday.

Pac-12 Ultimate Road Trip: Week 2 - Pac-12 Blog - ESPN
My choice: Washington State at USC Why: Anyone else still recovering from last week's excitement? Fourth-and-1 with 35 seconds left and down by a touchdown, Boise State calls a QB sneak at the Washington 40-yard line to keep a drive alive. After a controversial spot, there is a replay and it's called back. Oh, sweet irony! Washington's defense holds, turnover on downs, Huskies win 24-17 and have a week to relax before heading to Soldier Field.

WSU Athletics:

Bernard Lagat continues to amaze as he won the men's 5000m title at the USA Outdoor Track and Field Championships last week. That was the fifth time Lagat won that event and his ninth national title. Oh yeah he also has 12 World Championships/Olympic medals.


Lagat Wins USA Track & Field 5000m Championship - The Washington State University Official Athletic Site
ULLMAN -- Washington State University Athletic Hall of Fame member Bernard Lagat captured his fifth men's 5000m title last week at the USA Outdoor Track and Field Championships in Des Moines, Iowa.