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POST-SPRING EXAM: Safety most consistent on D

CHIMA NWACHUKWU and XAVIER HICKS

PULLMAN--I watched every minute of every spring practice and in gauging position starters, it was probably the most consistent position on the Washington State defense, the safety spot. Xavier Hicks was an enforcer. Chima Nwachukwu continued to improve. A second year Cougar also solidified his position on the depth chart with his spring play. After those three, that's where larger questions begin.

Xavier Hicks this spring regularly laid out a number of receivers and ball carriers when the Cougs went full contact. Hicks is 6-0, 211 pounds but he hits like he's got at least another 20 pounds to him. Big sticks are great but they don't mean much if they come at a price. Fortunately for the Cougs, Hicks showed a solid grasp of the defense this spring and always seemed to be in the right...

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