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Coach Doba: Cougars looking for depth at most positions

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PULLMAN, Wash. - Washington State's football team begins spring drills tomorrow and coach Bill Doba says he'll be looking for some backup help. He says he'll use spring practices to work on fundamentals and look for depth at almost every position.

The Cougars, who finished last season with a 6-6 record, are missing several key players to injuries or poor grades. Alex Brink appears to be a lock at quarterback.

Despite the team's mediocre record last season, Brink was near the top of conference categories for total offense and passing yards per game. He led the league in total offense, with 19

touchdowns and 10 interceptions.

Doba says he'll be looking for depth for the offensive line and hopes to find enough healthy players to get some depth on the defensive line.

A position where the Cougars don't lack depth is wide receiver, where Jason Hill left for the pros, but Brandon Gibson, Michael Bumpus and Charles Dillon have lots of playing time.

Defensively, the concern is in the secondary, where safety Husain Abdullah is the only returning starter.

Doba says he also wants to see improvement in the punt and kickoff coverage and return teams.

Doba will be working with two new assistants: Marty Long replaces Robb Akey, who left to become head coach at Idaho and former WSU standout Steve Broussard was hired to coach running backs after Kelly Skipper got an assistant's job in the NFL.

     

(The Associated Press contributed to this story.)
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