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The youth movement in the WSU secondary continues

Thought the secondary couldn't get any younger? Wrong.

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When WSU began the season, it had very little experience in the starting secondary. Now, it has even less. Defensive coordinator Mike Breske said true freshman Sulaiman Hameed will start at safety on Saturday, according to Jacob Thorpe of the Spokesman Review.

According to Thorpe, Hameed is expected to replace junior Taylor Taliulu in the starting lineup. He'll pair with redshirt freshman Darius Lemora at safety with redshirt freshman corner Charleston White on one side and sophomore Daquawn Brown on the other. A true freshman, two redshirt freshmen and a true sophomore, the youth movement is on.

Hameed made his first appearance of the season last week and played well against Oregon. He flashed speed and decisiveness, two traits WSU can use. If he can stay assignment sound, it wouldn't be a major surprise if he keeps a starting job for good. Breske also said true freshman BUCK linebacker Frankie Luvu will travel and possibly play against the Utes. Ivan McLennan has been getting some work at defensive end, so Luvu would be the backup BUCK behind Kache Palacio.

The changes are the first this season as Breske tried to field his best unit. Jeremiah Allison has been an impact player since stepping in as the starting WILL linebacker and Charleston White has been an improvement at corner. If Hameed can provide an upgrade, the Cougars starting defense against Utah may be the most talented yet. Young, but talented.

This coaching staff has never been shy about burning redshirts if the player can help. It's always nice to be able to redshirt as many players as possible, but if players like Hameed can provide an upgrade right now, they are going to play. If Luvu sees game action, he will be the fifth true freshman to play this season.

Football:

Hameed to start and defense wins another TNF - SportsLink - Spokesman.com - Sept. 25, 2014
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