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Cougars' Kaleb Fossum named the Pac-12 special teams player of the week after running WSU's first punt back for score since 2005

THE COUGAR special teams are indeed becoming special again. Washington State punt returner Kaleb Fossum was named the Pac-12 special teams player of the week on Monday. And it's been a season where the special teams has required WSU to frequently update its "the last time the Cougars ..." section in the weekly release.

Fossum, a second-year sophomore, earned his first career Pac-12 weekly award after returning a punt 75 yards for a touchdown in WSU's 56-21 win over California.

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It is the second Pac-12 special teams player of the week award for WSU this season -- kickoff returner Robert Taylor took one 100 yards back to the house in the Cougs' 37-32 win at Arizona State.

It is the first time WSU has had two special teams player of the week awards in the same season since 2006. 

Eric Mele is in his second full year coaching the Washington State special teams (he served as interim special teams coach for half the 2014 season).

Fossum's mad dash was Washington State’s first punt return for a touchdown since 2005 (Michael Bumpus, Nevada). The return for score came after the Cougar defense forced a three-and-out on Cal’s opening series and gave WSU a 7-0 lead before the WSU offense had taken the field.

Fossum enters Week 11 fourth in the Pac-12 in punt return average (10.8).

NOTABLE NOTE:
Taylor's kickoff return for score was the Cougs' first since 2003 (Sammy Moore, Colorado).  The Cougs travel this week to Colorado to take on the Buffaloes Saturday (12:30 pm, Fox).

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