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Say this for Washington State's Mike Leach, he's consistent

PULLMAN – It didn’t come as all that much of a surprise, but Washington State’s Mike Leach declined comment on the news River Cracraft’s WSU football season and college football career ended on Saturday night with a torn ACL. With very rare exceptions, the head man just does not talk injuries, nor even acknowledge them. Leach did say Cracraft is “a great player, and still a part of our team.”

On football-related matters, Leach talked a good deal about this week’s upcoming matchup with Colorado, touching on areas that have impressed him about the Buffaloes and also saying CU has seen steady improvement in recent years.




Leach said CU’s biggest strength on defense is its mix of leverage in the secondary and how they are able to line up and play fast.

As to WSU’s special teams, now having taken back both a punt and kickoff return to the house and vanquishing droughts that had stood since 2005 and 2003, Leach says the units have generally helped and not hurt the team this season, and that the positive plays have been huge for both the offense and defense.

Leach said outside receiver Isaiah Johnson-Mack is way ahead of schedule for a true freshman. He said he thinks the opportunity to learn behind Gabe Marks was key and that if there wasn’t a player of Marks’ caliber ahead of him, he would have seen even more reps.

"I think in the long run it’s better for him to have a real good example there to learn from -- he’s a big target and hard to pull down,” said Leach.

Leach reiterated that he wants his running backs to lead the conference in all-purpose yards.

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