RT Seydel to start again in place of Madison

PULLMAN— For the third consecutive game, Jacob Seydel is expected to get the start at right tackle in place of Cole Madison, Mike Leach said on Monday.

WSU doesn't comment on absences under Leach, who simply answered "Yes," when I asked if he expected if Seydel would again get the start at right tackle this week. Madison last played in the Arizona game. But Seydel has filled in nicely for Madison, said fellow offensive lineman Joe Dahl.

“He’s been doing good. That was kind of a rough deal, just having to step in out of nowhere, but he’s done good. He’s taken advantage of his reps and he’s gotten better the last few weeks, and that’s the main thing for him,” Dahl said.

The Cougar offensive line figures to face a lot of blitzes from ASU on Saturday. Dahl said the Sun Devils use a lot of pre-snap movement as well.

Leach said Luke Falk has a lot of natural talent in avoiding a rush, although he added it's been enhanced by film study. Falk is meticulous about watching tape, and Leach compared him to other quarterbacks he has had.

“In the past, all of them have watched a lot of film. Already I would say he’s more than most. He’s one of those guys you’ll see lurking around at night watching film. You’ll see him a lot, unexpectedly so, or then you’ll get texts where he’s asking for the stuff for his iPad,” Leach said.

Leach called Falk “aggressive” about watching film. On the other side of the table, Leach said that even though there is more film out on Falk now that he has played a couple of games, that won’t affect his performance too much.

“He’s really similar to quarterbacks I’ve had for the last 23 years. I think there’s some similarity there. I think that the bigger thing, in our case, is the more experienced Falk gets, the better he’ll play,” Leach said.

Leach pointed to his accuracy and decision-making, his pocket presence and that he's more mature than your average redshirt-freshman quarterback.

MEANWHILE, COUGAR PLAYERS said the bye week was beneficial this time because of the added element of team competitions. Dahl said the win against Oregon State boosted the attitude of the team as a whole.

“We were really focused on just doing events where we could compete, and get back to the basics, and just wanting to win,” Dahl said. “Obviously bye weeks are great for getting your legs back and your bodies back healthy -- but I think the main thing was just getting to the point where we remember how to compete on a daily basis.”

Cyrus Coen said the linebackers compete amongst themselves in practice to see who can get the most tackles or who can make a big play. He said these competitions originated over the last couple of weeks and just came about naturally.

As for traveling to play in Arizona, Coen is looking forward to playing in a warmer environment. He said the team needs to prepare for cramping by keeping hydrated, but he doesn't believe that will be a problem. He also said it is tougher to breathe in a colder environment.

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