Mike Leach joined WSU sideline reporter Jessamyn McIntyre on 710 ESPN Seattle this morning to preview the Apple Cup, discuss his defense and what it's like to be a Cougar as he enters his fourth in-state rivalry, though he was still coy on Luke Falk's status for today's game.
While not specifically asked about who will start at quarterback today, Leach spent a minute or so talking about Peyton Bender and Falk, discussing their skills in the pocket and each of their improvements throughout the season, which doesn't come as a surprise. The speculation regarding who will be leading the Cougars' offense will linger for a couple more hours.
In the meantime, you can check out Brian Floyd's piece on why it's important to not freak out if Falk plays. The WSU medical staff will, and always has, kept the players' best interest in mind during situations like these, and that's not going to change this week, regardless of the opponent.
After giving some quick praise to the Washington secondary, which he more or less called "good," Leach shared his thoughts on his defense, which has improved drastically under first-year coordinator Alex Grinch. Leach pointed out the improvements in the secondary and pass rush and expects them to play well today against the Huskies.
When asked what it means to him to be a Coug, Leach responded with "it's an honor." Leach has always talked up the fan support he's received since arriving on campus, and today was no different. Leach credited much of the Cougars' success this season to a fan base of Cougs that has energized the program. He was very appreciative, and of course wrapped up the interview with a "Go Cougs!'
Go Cougs, indeed, Coach.