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Moos lauds incoming speed on WSU D

DENVER’S SPEED on defense in its Super Bowl win was not lost on Bill Moos. On his Monday radio show, Moos pointed to the defensive speed of the just-signed class at Washington State.

“In the last two years, I think we’ve had much, much more speed than we have in recent memory… And our recruiting class will really exhibit some tremendous speed as well, am I right?” Bill Moos asked WSU recruiting coordinator and football chief of staff Dave Emerick.

“Yes, it’s all in Coach Grinch’s hands now, we’ve got him the weapons, right? We expect Denver Bronco performances from here on out,” quipped Emerick. “No, absolutely. We made a huge emphasis on getting speed on the defensive side of the ball… (four) of those guys are junior college guys who we expect to do it right away. A couple guys will be a little more down the road but definitely, definitely made it a priority for speed and playmakers.”

Among the other highlights from the show:

--Moos said USC was trying to lure WSU verbals away at the end. He didn’t name names but it’s believed he was referring to Danny Bender and perhaps Derek Moore.  “Everybody we wanted, we got,” said Moos.

-- Jason Gesser asked Emerick for 2-3 signing class members whom Cougar fans can expect to make a difference early, with Emerick pointing to the four JUCO additions: DE Garrett McBroom, LB Chima Onyeukwu and LB Suliasi Tamaivena and S Robert Taylor.

-- Moos said he believes Justus Rogers could be a Pac-12 quarterback but also that getting the 6-2, 220-pounder on the field earlier at another position may be just as beneficial, if not more so. "I think the biggest quality attribute he has is that he's a winner... he's a big kid and he moves well, he looks like he can play a bunch of positions," said Emerick of Rogers.

--Gesser said Dezmon Patmon (6-4) is a versatile wide receiver who can bounce between the inside and outside receiver positions in Mike Leach's Air Raid.

--Emerick said one of WSU's strengths in recruiting is having, "a bunch of guys who really get after it and grind on the recruiting trail. With the additions of Dave Nichol and JaMarcus Shephard we only expect that to improve and increase next year."

--They don't figure to be hard to hear out on the field either.  Emerick said if you come to a WSU practice, you'll know where Nichol and Shephard are "at all times."  Emerick said Nichol is "really, really sharp" while Shephard is "full of energy, non-stop and gets after his guys."

--"Eric Mele does a great job (recruiting) in Western Washington and Oregon, Jim Mastro always finds guys out of the Bay Area," said Emerick, who went on to note the efforts of Roy Manning, Ken Wilson, Joe Salave'a and Grinch as well. "It's a pretty balanced effort by the entire staff."

--Moos hit on a familiar theme of his since season’s end: the 2015 football season was a strong campaign but it wasn’t the destination point. WSU must, Moos says, reinvest and go to the next level, with Pac-12 championships and Rose Bowls the goal.

--A Night with Cougar Football in Vancouver takes place on Saturday at the Hilton Hotel. 

--Moos said the Cougar coaches will be off next week.  Emerick said spring ball kicks off March 24, with the Crimson and Gray game at Spokane’s Joe Albi Stadium on April 23.

--Moos reiterated he sees a record year coming for season ticket sales. "We're going to have seven home games for the next three years. To the people in Spokane, we need you," said Moos.

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