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WSU PRACTICE: New starter at SAM linebacker

CYRUS COEN

PULLMAN -- A new strong side linebacker will start against Eastern and hopefully "put his best foot forward" on Saturday, Jeff Choate told the Spokesman-Review in an interview on YouTube.

Choate, the WSU linebackers coach, told the Spokesman-Review on Thursday that sophomore linebacker Cyrus Coen will start at the SAM linebacker position in place of junior and incumbent Eric Oertel. Choate said the Coen will be given the chance to "put his best foot forward" and earn the job going forward. He said Oertel has done nothing to "lose" the job; instead he said the Cougs are just...

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