With 1 exception, Cougs' academic outlook OK

ONE OF THE Cougs' backup running backs will need a year at a junior college to get his academic house in order and already is enrolled at his new school, he tells Cougfan.com. On the plus side, he looks at this point to be the only academic casualty at Washington State as the start of fall camp looms less than a month away.

Arthur Burns fell short of NCAA academic qualifications and is headed to Moorpark JC in southern California. Burns told CF.C he had officially enrolled at Moorpark, but he hopes his time away from Pullman is short in duration.

"I want to come back to Washington State," said Burns, who is from Corona, Calif. "I just have to play here a year...I hope that Washington State will 'recruit' me again when I'm done here."

Burns, who was injured this spring, was listed as the No. 5 running back on the depth chart. If he returns to WSU next year after completing academic requirements at Moorpark, he would have 2-to-play-2.

Burns, (5-11, 206), spent most of his true frosh campaign at WSU in 2009 redshirting as a scout team running back before moving to outside linebacker. He eventually moved back to running back. Burns rushed for 1,760 yards and 29 touchdowns his senior season at Centennial High in Corona, Calif.

Apart from that, the Cougs look to be in decent shape on the academic front. Paul Wulff told CF.C they were waiting on word on one other player but that things looked positive on that front and that he expected him to be ready to go for fall camp.

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