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WSU adds former Texas Tech WR Joel Filani as quality control coach

Another one of Mike Leach's former players has joined the coaching staff.

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When Graham Harrell was recently promoted as the outside wide receivers coach, Harrell's former quality control position became available. Mike Leach filled that on Thursday and did so with another one of his former players at Texas Tech. Joel Filani -- a prolific receiver at Tech -- will fill a offensive quality control role at WSU

Like Harrell was last season, Filani won't be a counted member of the WSU coaching staff so he won't be able to partake in on-field instruction. Instead, he'll likely help the coaches gameplan and study film. Filani spent two seasons as an offensive graduate assistant at Boise State. He was a two-time first-team All-Big 12 selection and was drafted in the sixth round of the NFL Draft.

It's an interesting move for sure. When Eric Morris left WSU to go to Texas Tech, Filani was one of the names I was curious about. He's a former Leach receiver and was a grad assistant at Boise State at the time. Leach eventually hired David Yost, but now a couple years later Filani is in the fold. Leach has shown a tendency to promote from within when openings arise so it wouldn't be a shock if Filani winds up as a position coach down the road.



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