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Five things that you should know about Kache Palacio

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Kache Palacio enters his junior season looking to hold on to the starting spot at the BUCK linebacker position.

Kache Palacio
Kache Palacio
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Kache Palacio finished the 2014 season on a high note as the regular starting BUCK linebacker for WSU. Let's get to know him a little better.

Vitals

Name - Kache Palacio
Position - Outside Linebacker
Year - Junior
Height/weight - 6'2", 227 pounds
Hometown - Gardena, CA

1. First class - Palacio was a member of the first recruiting class brought to Pullman by Mike Leach and staff. As a 3-star linebacker out of Junipero Serra High School in California, Palacio also held offers from SMU and UCLA. At one point during the recruiting process, Palacio gave a verbal commit to SMU.

2. Father mentor - Palacio's father Emile has played a major role in his development. This article tells how the elder Palacio, who played for Cal State Fullerton and in the World Football League, spent a lot of time mentoring his son to be a better football player.

3. True freshman - Palacio saw the field in 2012 as a true freshman with his role mostly restricted to special teams. One big play Palacio made on special teams occurred against UCLA when he leveled the Bruins' kick returner to force a fumble. Here is a look at the play:

4. Starting sophomore - Palacio made seven starts as a sophomore at the BUCK linebacker position, including four starts in the final four games. He recorded four sacks and a total of 47 tackles on the season. Palacio tied his personal best in the New Mexico Bowl with seven tackles.

5. Starting BUCK? Palacio enters the 2014 season as the projected starting BUCK linebacker for the Cougs. Palacio appears to hold an edge of Ivan McLennan, but the spot is still open for competition. Palacio's ability to come off the edge as a speedy pass rusher will be a major factor in determining the success of WSU's defense.