An unexpected gem at LB this spring at WSU?

THERE’S A COUGAR LINEBACKER this spring you might not have considered a whole lot, until now. He walked on at Washington State last season out of junior college and spent the 2014 campaign redshirting. And while we’re but two practices into the 2015 spring session and the pads haven’t gone on yet, Kyle Newsom is taking advantage of his early audition time.

Kyle Newsom (6-2, 208) has lined up at the WIL this spring, a spot that features the Cougs’ most experienced starter in senior Jeremiah Allison and rising sophomore Frankie Luvu.

And linebackers coach Ken Wilson had no shortage of praise for both Allison and Luvu in a quick conversation with Cougfan.com on Monday.

But he’s also been pleased with what Newsom has done.

“The kid who has kind of (emerged early) for us is Newsom, a transfer from Feather River College who redshirted for us last year. He’s done really well the first couple practices for us,” said Wilson.

Two reasons for that: 1) effort and 2) location, location, location.

“Newsom is a kid I think who is going to push, simply because he plays really hard and he knows where he’s supposed to be all the time,” said Wilson.

Newsom came out of Meadowdale High in Lynnwood as part of the 2013 class before heading to Feather River. He excelled there, posting 94 tackles, 16 tackles-for-loss and eight sacks in 2013, and 78 stops with 14.5 TFL as a freshman. He led the team in tackles both years.

He had D-II offers coming out of junior college but there were no FBS scholies on the table by the time Signing Day rolled around. He came to WSU after being recruited by Wilson as a walk on.

Newsom played outside linebacker in junior college but looks better suited to the inside at the Pac-12 level. And based on the first couple practices, he’s one to keep an eye on this spring.

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