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Veteran youth to <br>tackle the middle

IT IS VIRTUALLY impossible to say, in February, what the depth chart might look like on a defense that graduated nine starters. But that didn't stop us from asking. We talked to Washington State defensive coordinator <b>Robb Akey</b> about the outlook for the linebacking position in '04. And while there will be two new starters at ‘backer, there is plenty of experience coming back. Not to mention talent.

"We have an idea of who they might be–you lose nine starters and that's a (significant) impact," said coach Robb Akey, when asked about the potential starters on D. "But we've also been blessed by being able to rotate some guys into some positions. So we do have some game experience coming back, and I think that's going to be a good thing." The linebacking corps is led by one Will Derting, who...