Anthony Laurenzi's Diary: Week 5

PULLMAN – The week off from our workouts came at a good time and the summer finish line, plus the start of fall camp, is in sight. We have the young guys with us now and that's resulted in a surprise or two.

We've really been focused on teaching the young guys the drills and plays since they've joined us. And the guys on the defensive line have picked up the plays pretty fast, I've been surprised at how well they've done.

With the high school guys, you can tell they all have to work on their technique and that can make you hesitant at times in drills. No one really has great technique coming out of high school. But they're coming along and they'll have a good running start when camp gets underway.

Toni Pole in particular has been helping them out a lot.

A lot of the freshmen guys are Polynesian and he's made it a special point to take care of them and show them the ropes. Toni seems to be becoming more of a leader, and he'll probably be the guy leading the defensive line next year after I graduate.

Toni himself is working pretty hard, you can tell he's in better shape -- he's a lot quicker.

Among the young defensive linemen that have impressed me early on, Destiny Vaeao is one. He's a pretty big kid for an incoming freshman and you can tell that once he gets comfortable in our system, he's going to move pretty well.

I should also mention Ioane Gauta. He seems to be picking up things pretty fast.

As for myself, I feel more agile that I did at this time last year. Last year we focused more on strength. We still did plenty of conditioning but not as hard as we have this year. This year we're really focusing in on the conditioning, but at the same time we're still lifting pretty hard.

Our summer workouts come to an end the last week of July. We won't get many days off between then and the start of fall camp. Last year I think we had about eight days off but this year it's going to be probably about half that.

For me, Aug. 30 and the opener at BYU can't some soon enough. I look forward to the first week of the season the most.

Post your questions on the CF.C message boards and I'll answer as many as I can.

Go Cougs!
Anthony Laurenzi

Cougar nose tackle Anthony Laurenzi (6-3, 290) out of Placentia, Calif. started all 12 games for WSU in 2011, posting a career-high 25 tackles, (17 solo) with 6.5 tackles for loss. A redshirt senior, d-coordinator Mike Breske this spring said that in Laurenzi, "we have what we want at the nose guard position." Laurenzi was named the Orange County Register Defensive Player of the Year his senior year at El Dorado High, racking up 40 sacks and 170-plus tackles over his prep career. His 23 sacks his senior year were both an all-time school record and the most that year in California.

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