Mike Breske stood with the shades on as he was surrounded by reporters Saturday after Washington State’s scrimmage in Lewiston.
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The defensive coordinator kept referencing how great the weather was over the 4:00 interview and mentioned for some that it was helping to shed a few pounds but creating heavy legs. He also continuously pointed out that not many decisions had been made with the youngsters and the depth chart at this point, but a couple comments stood out to me most. The first was about a battle at linebacker between the resurgent Chester Su’a and Tana Pritchard.
"“It’s close. Just been alternating every other day and see how they react to that… running with the first group and the second group. We still have a lot of time left in Fall camp and a lot of quality reps to go.”"
Su’a is a former 4-star commit to Washington State, one of the “gems” from Paul Wulff’s days in Pullman, but after his freshman season had fallen by the wayside due to injury and what have you, until this Fall. Pritchard was never as highly touted an LB but has been better than advertised and certainly stepped up toward the end of the season as a reserve last year.
The second comment that stood out was about the defensive front, where Breske reference “eight quality people there.” This would create for a monumental rotation that should “keep guys fresh when (the Cougs) get into the 4th quarter”, something the Cougs simply have not had in probably at least a decade.
The defensive front-7, on any given play, will be key to the Cougar’s defensive effort this season. There are youngsters all over the back-end of the defense and while there’s a lot more athleticism than in the past, youth gets torched in the Pac-12. Getting to the quarterback will be pivotal for WSU.