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Countdown to Spring: Running Backs Preview

RICKEY GALVIN

PULLMAN -- The Air Raid offense officially takes wing at Washington State tomorrow with the start of spring practices. But it will come with an experimental twist that could have the Cougars' deep corps of running backs high-steppin' all the way to the season opener.

New Cougar running backs coach Jim Mastro is going to introduce elements of The Pistol offense that he used last season to great effect on the ground at UCLA, where the Bruins climbed from 97th nationally in rushing offense to the top 40. The key to making the Pistol running attack sing is backs who focus on going north-south, not east-west. That would seem to suit the Cougs' top four backs...

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