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Cougars promote Graham Harrell as outside receivers coach

The Cougars filled the slot vacated by Dennis Simmons' departure.

Mike Leach filled the coaching vacancy created when Dennis Simmons left for Oklahoma and he didn't have to go far to find his new outside wide receivers coach.

Harrell came to Pullman last season as an offensive analyst. Due to NCAA rules he wasn't allowed to do any on field coaching and was instead limited to film breakdown and helping the coaches gameplan. He'll now shift to an on field role and join David Yost coaching the receivers.

"Graham Harrell is a tremendous young coach and uniquely qualified to fill the role of outside receivers coach at Washington State," Mike Leach said in a statement. "He has command of the offense from all aspects, is a great teacher and evaluator of talent, and will be a great addition to our staff."

It will be an interesting shift for Harrell who played quarterback for Leach at Texas Tech before backing up Aaron Rodgers for three years with the Green Bay Packers. He doesn't have any experience coaching wide receivers, so it will be interesting to see how he transitions into coaching and at a position he didn't play. He should be able to provide a unique insight for the wide receivers, knowing exactly what a quarterback in the offense needs from the outside receivers.



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