Nov. 10, 2012; Pullman, WA, USA; Washington State Cougars linebacker Cyrus Coen (42) celebrates a fumble recovery against the UCLA Bruins during the second half at Martin Stadium. UCLA won 44-36. Mandatory Credit: James Snook-USA TODAY Sports
Stats: 60 tackles, 40 solo, 3 sacks, 12 tackles for a loss, 3 int
What he accomplished in 2012:
Cyrus Coen was named starting SAM (strong side linebacker, meaning he usually lines up on the tight end side of the line) linebacker last year out of Spring practice, it was an opportunity he took advantage of it.
As a true sophomore Coen was 6th on the team in total tackles, and 4th on the team with 40 solo tackles. His 3 interceptions put him 2nd on the team behind Deone Bucannon. To put it plainly, Coen was a beast in his sophomore season for the Cougs.
What I expect in 2013:
More of the same, from a pleasant surprise at linebacker. Coen should continue to start at the SAM position in 2013. Another year stronger, another year of experience in Breske’s 3-4 system should up his game. Coen has a nose for the ball, his 3 interceptions in 2012 shows that he can drop into zone coverage efficiently. Coen’s ability to play in space as well as in the trenches should help solidify a Cougar linebacker core that has had some talent issues the last few years.
Though the linebacker core takes a hit with the graduation of Travis Long, Coen along with the help of Darryl Monroe and Justin Sagote will be formidable in 2013. Expect to see Coen around the ball a lot next season.