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THE COUGS DON'T have a lot of time before their bowl game on Dec. 21 to get in their practices – especially when it comes to the youth. But Mike Leach's Cougars are at least better equipped to deal with a short bowl game turnaround than are many other schools when it comes to younger player development. The reason for that is…

Thursday Night Lights. A TV broadcasting crew a couple Saturdays ago was gushing about how Penn State coach Bill O'Brien this year dedicated extra time during the practice week to his younger players – casual viewers might have thought O'Brien invented the concept. Of course, Leach has for years been putting his true freshmen, scout teamers and young guys on center stage in practice each week... Recommended Stories