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Seen & Heard 10/12

KEVIN KOOYMAN

THE COUGARS ARE JUST two wins shy of bowl eligibility with six games left, but what really has me excited about the future is the quality of the youngsters on this team. Based on what I've seen and heard this season, I count at least seven mostly unheralded kids who could one day have their names uttered in the same sentence as past greats such as Will Derting, D.D. Acholonu and Cory Withrow.

I'm not talking about the Michael Willis' and Fevaea'i Ahmu's of the world. I'm talking about kids flying in large part under the major limelight radar. Let's start on offense, where second-year freshman Kenny Alfred of Gig Harbor has won the starting nod at center. He reminds me of Nick Mihlhauser, now with the San Diego Chargers, both in terms of size (6-2, 285) and natural feel for the...

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