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PULLMAN – You can't have a great defense without at least one top notch defensive tackle. The Cougs might just have that covered. Indeed, new Wazzu d-line coach Todd Howard made note of one Cougar DT following the spring, a fourth year player he said is well capable of being one of the conference's best interior defensive linemen in 2011.

There were two d-tackles who made plenty of noise this spring for the Cougs -- Anthony Laurenzi and Kalafitoni Pole. Laurenzi, a redshirt junior, really emerged down the stretch – he was strong, explosive and showed good handfighting technique. He had numerous sacks as well as tackles for little or negative gains by Cougar running backs during camp. Having spent the last five years as UCLA's d...