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POST-SPRING EXAM: Building linebacker depth

ALEX HOFFMAN-ELLIS

PULLMAN -- In this age of specialization and substitution in college football, it's not a particularly provocative truth. Yet it is a truth nonetheless -- the more your twos and threes improve, the better your defense is going to be on Saturday afternoons. At no position at Washington State this spring was that perhaps more evident than at linebacker.

The headliner of the linebacker corps this spring was clearly Louis Bland. He always seemed to be in on plays -- he's just got a very good nose for the football and makes his presence felt play after play. But the true sophomore tweaked a knee towards the end of the 15-day session and became just one more of the many Cougar linebackers who lost practice time this spring. Alex Hoffman-Ellis, the...

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