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Cougar Notebook: Don't believe all you read

KENNY ALFRED

PULLMAN -- Washington State seniors Xavier Hicks and Kenny Alfred, two of the clear leaders of this year's Cougars, have a succinct message for the crimson faithful who are growing tired of the procession of national publications forecasting dour things for their team: Don't believe everything you read.

"We don't worry about rankings and all that," said Xavier Hicks, WSU's No. 2 tackler last season behind Greg Trent. "We worry about the guys in our locker room." Added Kenny Alfred, a Rimington Award watch list pick, "That stuff's based on paper and last season, and that's fine. There's not a whole lot anyone in the nation has to go off except our record last season. It's a new season. Those...

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