Seydel's transition from Westwood to WSU

PULLMAN –Junior college transfer Jacob Seydel, who arrived in Pullman in January, looks to be an excellent example of the Cougs' o-line overhaul. Agile and with length, Seydel one short year ago was a citizen of Westwood, Calif., a Bruin through and through. A few short weeks after enrolling, things went south. What went wrong and how is the Palouse treating the new Coug?

For some, the "City of Angels" just doesn't fit the bill.

"It just wasn't right for me," Jacob Seydel (6-6, 295) said. "I rushed my decision. It was a bad fit."

Seydel said he doesn't regret the way things transpired in Southern California, simply noting that things just didn't work out. He added that the comforts of Pullman and a smaller city have suited him nicely.

"I'm really starting to get used to the cold weather," Seydel said. "I like it here."

After leaving UCLA and electing to play one more year at Riverside, Seydel's recruiting stock remained high and he received letters from a bevy of schools. Seydel said his decision came down to Washington State, Hawaii, and Colorado State, though he also held offers from Nevada, New Mexico State, Florida International.

"I could tell the culture around here was changing," Seydel said. "The coaches, the players, they're all dedicated to turning this thing around and winning."

A STRONG, physical prospect, Seydel is the kind of first-year player who can come in and make an impact immediately for Wazzu this season. And the Cougs need him to do just that. Washington State allowed the most sacks in the entire country last season (57), a statistic the coaches and players must decrease.

Seydel has the quick feet the coaching staff demands when leaving their tackles out on an island to handle the speed of Pac-12 defensive ends. A prototypical o-tackle, Seydel could move senior Jake Rodgers inside to the right guard position where he has found most of his success thus far into his career.

Either way, Seydel, a pass protection specialist, seems content to slide in wherever the coaching staff sees him most valuable.

"I want to come in here and do everything I can to get this thing turned around and back to its winning ways," Seydel said.

NO STRANGER TO to the weight room since before he arrived in Pullman, said the frenetic offseason workout routine at Washington State has been an eye opener. He also realizes it's necessary to put the best possible product on the field.

"It's been… tough, for sure," Seydel said. "It's what's needed to win though. We're doing all we can, grinding to be ready for this season." Seydel has three to play two, and will face stiff competition this season if he hopes to see the field early.

Senior John Fullington, redshirt junior Jake Rodgers, as well as redshirt sophomores Joe Dahl and Gunnar Eklund will all vie for playing time at the tackle spots.

Throw in competition from redshirt senior Rico Forbes, tabbed as a starter last year before injury, plus up-and-coming redshirt freshmen Sam Flor and Pierson Villarrubia and life inside the trenches looks more competitive than ever.

Either way, Seydel believes he's ready to come in and make an immediate impact for the Cougs.

"We're going to get this thing going," Seydel said. "I like what I'm seeing."

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