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Not one, not two, but three key Cougars on D back for Apple Cup? And one is a surprise: Logan Tago

WASHINGTON STATE, depleted on defense last Saturday at Colorado, may have rush Dylan Hanser and WIL Isaac Dotson back in action for the Apple Cup (12:30 pm, Fox). Plus, an Apple Cup surprise: keep your eyes peeled for the return of rush Logan Tago.

Multiple independent sources have told CF.C the WSU administration this week made an exception in Tago's case with regard to its policy that student-athletes charged with a felony are ineligible to play in games until the legal system runs its course.  The sources told CF.C that Tago has been allowed to play in Friday's game at the discretion of Mike Leach

Tago has not played in a game since Week Five vs. Stanford. He returned to class and the football program just last week after the WSU administration lifted its suspension, and he has continued to practice this week in the run-up to the Apple Cup. Tago's trial date was set for Jan. 23 after he pleaded not guilty this past Friday on charges of second degree felony robbery and fourth degree misdemeanor assault. The charges stem from Tago's allegedly assaulting a student and stealing a six pack of beer in a June 4 incident. 

Meanwhile, Dotson did not play last week at CU after he was injured against Cal.  But Dotson has been practicing this week and is expected to play.  Hanser also did not play last week due to injury.  He too has been practicing this week and is expected to take the field in the Apple Cup. Combined, that could in turn mean Frankie Luvu (who started at rush in Boulder) could move back to the WIL position for the Apple Cup as a co-starter with Dotson. 

So to recap: Tago, along with Hanser and Dotson, are expected to play Friday and give WSU a combination of  three rush/LB it didn’t have last week. And that flexibility should help a No. 23-ranked Cougars squad looking to put its best defensive foot forward against No. 6 Washington.

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-- Bill Moos, on his radio show Monday.

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