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Another week, another happy opponent to play WSU

Cougar opponents continue to be excited for the opportunity to put up big numbers.

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Remember last week when Arizona safety Will Parks said playing WSU was a "chance to pad the stat book" because Arizona would walk away with 10,15 or 20 interceptions? Well, it's a new week, but another WSU opponent is looking forward to the game for an opportunity to pad his stats.

USC freshman Adoree' Jackson has had some success this season as a kick returner and apparently he is looking forward to more against WSU. Take it away Dan Greenspan:

The Cougars have the only coverage unit in the FBS to give up three touchdowns on kickoffs this season and are dead last in the Pac-12 in return yards allowed.

"Your eyes just light up and you just imagine the plays you can make this Saturday," Jackson said of watching Washington State's special teams on tape.

Oh, but it's not just special teams stats Jackson is trying to expand. Back to Greenspan:

"Even the linebackers say they can't wait to get an interception or get the ball in their hands," Jackson said. "It's ideal for anybody to get that stat under their belt, especially for me trying to get my first one."

Opponents used to dread coming to Pullman because it "was in the middle of nowhere" now they are downright excited by the prospect of getting an interception. Connor Halliday has thrown 10 interceptions this season, but that's across 517 pass attempts or one every 51.7 passes or so. If Jackson is so excited now, imagine if USC plays Michigan in a bowl game. Michigan quarterback Devin Gardner throws a pick every 17.4 attempts.


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