Michael Bumpus's Diary: The final entry

PULLMAN -- We report for fall camp one week from Saturday and while some will take this week to head home for a few days, there is no off week for me. I'll be in Pullman continuing the work we've been doing throughout our voluntary workouts all this summer. There are others staying in Pullman this coming week, so I won't be by myself.

Fellow Californians Greg Prator, Michael Graise, Ian Bell and others are all staying here this week.

The summer workouts are the best time to really get to know some guys, especially those that you don't get to interact with on a consistent basis during other times of the year.

Coach O (Rob Oviatt) and his staff have done a great job keeping us motivated and wanting to get better.

Coach O is one of those coaches who stays on you, he wants you as a player to utilize every last bit of your potential. And we love him for that, though at times it gets tough.

He also keeps us mentally tough. He recognizes that our workout regimen is challenging, but also that it will be beneficial come game day and in that fourth quarter when the game is on the line.

Someone asked about Ol' Crimson on ESPN Gameday. YEA! I saw the flag the other day. I'm not sure where they were at but it was during a segment for the 50 days, 50 states tour. I also saw it on one of the ESPN Gameday broadcasts last season.

There was a whole core of Cougar players that impressed me this summer and the quarterbacks were high up on the list. Alex Brink, Josh Swogger, Gary Rogers -- they all showed us that each is capable of calling the plays. Each made improvements this summer in their own way.

Speaking of that, there's more work to do so I'll end this one here. Go Cougs! Michael Bumpus is a sophomore receiver and return man from Culver City, Calif., where he was a first-team "Best in the West" pick by the Long Beach Press-Telegram. As a WSU freshman in 2004, he set a school record for punt return yardage and earned a place on The Sporting News' Pac-10 All-Freshman Team. Along with defensive end Mkristo Bruce, he graciously volunteered to lend CF.C readers a window unto the world of pre-season Cougar football preparation with a weekly diary.

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