The Departure of Justin Sagote and Eric Oertel, give the Coug Defense some pause, but the returning backer corp is game ready and battle hardened. This returning group of linebackers is by far the strongest on the defense. Returning leaders include Cy Coen, Tana Pritchard, Kache Palacio, and of course Daryl Monroe will all make significant impacts in the Pac next year. The incoming class of backers should plan to sit back and learn. Complacency as freshman, however, should never be part of the program in Pullman as Mike Leach has proven he believes in trial by fire.
The Samoan pipeline remains fertile for Leach with Frank Luvu. Small by most linebacker standards, his experience at safety and speed could prove useful in a Pac-12 that makes abundant use of the Tight End (outside of Pullman of course).
Luvu is reminiscent of a linebacker/safety hybrid, quick but with devastating stopping power. If Frank can put on some weight, he could be molded into what we hoped to see in CJ Mizell.
More impressive in the Leach recruiting feather department, Luvu turned down the Beavers, Oklahoma State, and Colorado, the first two being on a rise in terms of national prominence. We hope to see good things from Luvu, if not in 2014, than in 2015.