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SPRING REFLECTIONS: The Defense

ANDY MATTINGLY

PULLMAN -– In Part II, here's my rundown on the defense. And I also cast a season prediction. Because aside from coaches and players, I'm pretty sure I saw more of WSU's spring football workouts -- all 15 practices and/or scrimmages -- than any person on Planet Coug. With a bulging notebook and a head full of images, it seemed only appropriate to pen a few reflections on it all.

The most pleasant surprise on the defensive side of the ball this spring was probably how quickly safety Chima Nwachukwu assimilated the position change. A true sophomore with a full year of experience at cornerback, Nwachukwu made the move to safety early in the spring and didn't miss a beat. Nwachukwu is a smart football player, and playing safety allows him to read, react and make plays all...

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