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The Cougars met the media and there was an interesting change on the depth chart.

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Every week WSU releases a depth chart in the game-week media notes. The validity of the depth chart can be debated -- Mike Leach has previously admitted to not knowing who's on it on a given week -- but it's still the best guess we have at the current two-deep. There have been a few changes to it as the season has progressed, but possibly the most attention-grabbing change came this week.

Darryl Monroe, two-year starter and defensive leader, is listed as the No. 2 MIKE linebacker behind redshirt freshman Peyton Pelluer. Monroe hasn't had his best season and Pelluer has seen the field more in recent weeks, apparently a trend that will continue. Monroe has been limited in practice, according to Jacob Thorpe, but my inclination would be that doesn't have anything to do with the depth chart change. WSU hasn't changed the depth chart for injuries all year, including this week when Riley Sorenson is listed as the No. 1 center despite being limited. Rickey Galvin was listed as the starting H against Stanford and didn't play. Depth chart changes have been for performance.

The rotation at MIKE will be something to watch against Arizona.

As is custom, Mike Leach and three players met with the media on Monday, previewing the Arizona game and more.

Leach:

Jamal Morrow:

Cole Madison:

Destiny Vaeao:

Football:

WSU vs. Arizona game notes, depth chart - SportsLink - Spokesman.com - Oct. 20, 2014
Monroe, a junior, has started every game following a redshirt season his first year on campus but has been somewhat limited in practice this week.

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Arizona at Washington State - Spokesman.com - Oct. 21, 2014
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Soccer:

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Volleyball:

Volleyball Back in Bohler - Washington State University Official Athletic Site
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