February 7, 2007

The New Recruits

The 2007 recruiting class is finally in the books and it will now be a matter of time to see which of the 24 new Cougar football players will end up playing right away, be redshirted or…well, best not to think about anything past that last one. Coaches always deem their recruiting classes as successful so CougZone sifts through the information to find some semblance of future prosperity or despair on the football field.

Defensive Secondary

It would be difficult to dissuade people otherwise as nearly all Wazzu fans and well-wishers were in agreement that the Cougars' greatest area of need for 2007 was in the defensive secondary - so we will not attempt such a daring feat. WSU lost three full or part-time defensive secondary starters in Eric Frampton, Don Turner and Tyron Brackenridge with DeWayne Patterson being an academic casualty and Michael Willis moving to receiver because of shoulder injury issues. Wazzu will not exactly return a plethora of experienced depth - senior-to-be Husain Abdullah will be the most decorated veteran - and the phrase "experienced depth" becomes an interpretive dance after that. So that means there will be an abundance of room for both improvement and playing time movement in this category. Not surprisingly then, this is where head coach Bill Doba concentrated the bulk of his recruiting class - nearly a third of the new Cougars are slated to spend their formative years in the defensive secondary.

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