Mike Leach and Washington State don't release any injury information but freshman nose tackle Robert Barber has a torn ACL that will require season-ending surgery, two sources close to the situation tell CF.C.
Offensive lineman Rico Forbes also is undergoing the same surgery, CF.C reported earlier..
Unlike Forbes, Barber is a true freshman and was not expected to start this season. In a perfect world, it would have been a no-brainer for him to be fitted for a redshirt.
BUT THE COUGS' depth coupled with the departure of Anthony Laurenzi plus other d-linemen across the Cougs' three-man front missing time to injury had opened the possibility of Barber contributing this season.
Barber was injured during Monday's team session after a nasty pileup of offensive and defensive linemen.
At the nose tackle position, the Cougs' top two players in fall camp have been Toni Pole and Ioane Gauta.
Pole has missed a considerable chunk of time and remained sidelined on Wednesday. Gauta has been running with the 1s since Pole was dinged up.
For more insight on the Cougar d-line, click here for this story from Monday morning.
Cougs suffer injury blow on d-line
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