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A coach's take on the Cougs

IN LOOKING AHEAD to Oregon State on Saturday – and to the second half of the Cougs' season as well – the key to defensive success for Washington State looks to weigh heavily upon the defensive line. Specifically, the ability of the Cougars to both stop the run and bring pressure without necessarily having to go heavy on the blitzes. So just how up to the challenge are Ioane Gauta and crew?

Well, if you ask Jim Walden, he's bullish on the Cougs' prospects. "I want to especially compliment Ioane Gauta -- I thought he was just superb at Cal," said Walden. "In every phase, I thought he was sensational and I thought he made it easier for Toni Pole, Xavier Cooper and (Destiny Vaeao) to do what they did." Walden is a big Deone Bucannon fan as well. "I know this might sound crazy to... Recommended Stories