Analysis: New Coug a field general on defense

WHILE THE quarterback is the unquestioned “field general” on offense it’s not always as clear cut as to who that guy is on defense. Chad Simmons, a national recruiting analyst on, says new Cougar safety Dale Hunter out of Louisiana is the type of player who could fill that role at Washington State.

Dale is a field general at safety,” Simmons said when asked to analyze his prep career at John Curtis Christian High in River Ridge. “He doesn’t have elite size or speed, but he’s a very smart and instinctive player who puts himself and teammates in place to make plays.”

Whether the ball is in the air or a fumble can be forced, Dale always has takeaways on his mind, says Simmons.

“He has very good ball skills and is always looking to get the ball back to the offense. He can support the run and he doesn't shy away from contact,” said Simmons.

Simmons think he’ll do best early on in his career as a “zone defender with a thick frame,” and sees him also making an impact on special teams during his WSU career.

Dale posted 53 tackles as a senior, with three forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries and three interceptions. He also averaged 22.1 yards on eight punt returns and took one back for a touchdown.

He finished his prep career with 16 career interceptions and 110 solo tackles.

Meanwhile, Dale said on Monday when he signed with the Cougs that if he could do it all again, he would have done things differently over the course of the recruiting process.

“I definitely let it get kinda out of hand,” Dale told the New Orleans Advocate.

He certainly wouldn’t be the first recruit to become enamored by the attention of many schools, or be unable to say no.

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Hunter also plans to play baseball at Washington State. On the baseball diamond his junior season, Dale recorded nine doubles, two triples, one home run, 24 runs scored and eight stolen bases.

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