Tyree Toomer's Diary: Week 3


PULLMAN –This week, in addition to the questions from CF.C readers, the editors at Cougfan.com had an interesting one for me: "Do you think players should be paid a monthly stipend as Paul Wulff and others around the country have suggested?"

I definitely agree with coach Wulff on that one. With the hours we put in, and with school on top of that, it's a lot like having two full-time jobs.

And a lot of players wind up having to take out loans during their college years to cover expenses.

Moving on, we have a little break, about a week long, surrounding the upcoming Fourth of July but I'm going to be staying in Pullman for the most part. Some of my teammates who are from around the Seattle area, I might head home with them for a few days and enjoy the holiday. That leads into the first question this week…

In your free time, what do you do for fun in Pullman in the summer?
I just try to enjoy the time off that as players, you don't have during the season. I might catch up on some TV, but I'll also try to get some extra workouts in. But it's also about hanging out with friends, having some BBQs as a team, things like that.

Which WSU assistant coach has the loudest voice and most colorful vocabulary during practice?
I would say coach Jody Sears, he's always screaming and hollering about something. He has this "country" vocabulary too, and he's really active in practice. He's right there in the middle of it all. Sometimes he has to suddenly get out of the way, or he'd get hit by the defensive or offensive guy.

*** I have to pause here for a second and give a shout out to Jordan Pu'u-Robinson. He's been working hard for us this offseason -- he's one of the most energetic guys I've ever been around. Every morning, every workout he's been yelling, screaming, getting us all going. Watch out for him -- he should be doing big things on the d-line for us this season. Great player. Great guy.

Do any of the redshirt freshmen look to be a lot bigger than they were last fall?
Definitely, a lot of guys look like they've put on a significant amount of size. Even Darryl Monroe, who just got here in January, has put on some size already. Matt Simmons, Tyrone Duckett, all those guys have put on size and are bigger and stronger. As for myself, I'm right about 203 pound right now and the best thing is I don't feel heavy with the weight I've put on, I still feel fast. It's good weight.
Editor's Note: Toomer was listed at 194 pounds last season.

Who are the five fastest guys on the team and how do you think they'd do against each other in the 40?
That's an impossible question to answer, there are a lot of fast guys. I guess I would say, in no particular order, Daniel Simmons, Anthony Carpenter, Henry Eaddy, Rickey Galvin and Marquess Wilson, who has deceptive speed. Who would win? Oh, I guess I'd say it would be a close finish between Daniel and Anthony -- whoever won would be by a hundredth of a second.

Who's better in hoops, the receivers or the DBs, and who would make up the best 3 on 3 teams?
Are you kidding? Of course the DBs would win! Damante Horton and Daniel Simmons are both very good players. Jared Karstetter is a good basketball player, he played in high school, and Marquess Wilson is good. I'm not too sure who would be the third player. But the DBs would win!

Keep the questions on the CF.C message boards coming and I'll answer as many as I can.

Go Cougs!
Tyree Toomer

Cougar safety Tyree Toomer was the third leading tackler for the Cougs in 2010, with 62 tackles (48 solo). He came to WSU from St. John Bosco in Bellflower, Calif., where he was a football and track standout. He played in all 13 of WSU's games as a true freshman, including four starts. Injuries took away his second season but upon his return in 2010, he started every game at free safety.

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