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Mike Leach treating Apple Cup like any other game; here's more from WSU head man's Monday presser including video

PULLMAN – As he’s done since arriving at Washington State, Mike Leach refused to attach any extra significance to the Cougs’ annual rivalry game. Indeed, Friday’s Apple Cup showdown (12:30 pm, Fox) is simply “the next game,” said Leach in his Monday afternoon presser.

Leach also talked about his relationship with UW head coach Chris Peterson (and a what-if road trip together) the big takeaway from the Colorado film, and Luke Falk’s development this season. Here’s a quick snapshot, followed by the video below.

* Leach’s overall thoughts on the Colorado loss: “I didn't think we played together particularly well. We should have blocked better. We should have tackled better.”

* Leach said that the Coug receivers did not play their best game at CU, and that they played is a segmented fashion. He said the Cougar receivers need to achieve better releases from the defender, and to catch the ball (WSU committed a number of drops in Boulder).

* Leach’s evaluation of Falk after Week 11:  “He does a really good job of making the people around him better. I think his presence has helped the defense and special teams too.”

* Leach said that if he and Chris Peterson went on a road trip together that Peterson would surely be the driver so that Leach could, “look out the window, read a book and control the radio.”

* Leach said Washington’s defense has the best balance of size and speed of any team the Cougars have faced.

* Leach on UW QB Jake Browning: "Good player, smart, accurate, good game manager. Does a really good job from the neck up. Very similar to Luke."



NOTABLE NOTE:
Normally WSU selects three players for Monday press conferences but WSU on Sunday said there is no student-athlete media availability for Apple Cup week. So perhaps there is something different after all from a regular WSU game week!

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