No one will outwork us, Breske tells Cougar D

NEW WASHINGTON STATE defensive coordinator Mike Breske told Cougar defenders they'll "work harder than anybody," WSU defensive end Travis Long said Sunday after the team met their new coaching staff for the first time.

Long said he did not catch the names of most members of the all-new staff of assistant coaches, but Breske, the newest addition to the staff, was on hand.

Long said Breske talked about out-working the competition but didn't get into specific strategies or planned defensive alignments.

"It was just your standard meeting," said Long, a second-team All-Pac-12 selection this past season. "We just had our academics talk, and we got introduced to the coaches. That was about it."

Long said players were told that new head coach Mike Leach is still looking for a second linebackers coach. New York Jets coaching intern Mike Smith was originally identified as an incoming linebackers coach, but that may not be in the cards. Long said a linebackers coach introduced at Sunday's meeting was not Smith.

Long said players will begin lifting weights as a team next week, but noted that most players -- including himself -- lifted over the holidays on their own and will continue doing so this week with the resumption of classes.

Long, a Spokane native, said "it's been exciting" to see the reaction of fans to the hiring of Leach. The hiring resulted in a huge jump in athletic department donations and season ticket sales.

"I'm excited that people are showing a lot of interest in us," Long said. "We're going to have some people showing up to our games. As a player, that's exciting."

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