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Spring Ball: Interesting doings on defense

PULLMAN -- The Cougs kicked off the second week of spring ball in helmets, shoulder pads and shorts. The coaches put a heavy emphasis on fundamentals, but the big story of the day was a surprising position swap in the defensive backfield.

For all of week one, Chima Nwachukwu and Markus Dawes played corner with the first team defense while Xavier Hicks and Alfonso Jackson held down the top spots at safety. During Monday's workout, Nwachukwu, a starting corner all last season, and Jackson, a starting safety last season, traded position. The move, at this stage, is more experimental than permanent. "We're just trying to see if Alfonso...