The Tark sets summer sights on Pullman

COUGAR FANS HAVE been waiting what seems like an eternity for defensive tackle Bryan Tarkington to strap it up for the crimson and gray and wreak some backfield havoc. The 6-4, 320-pound junior college wrecking ball updates on his status and what his future plans are for the next level.

Help up front looks to be coming to the Palouse. Tarkington says it's been a long road, but that he will be at Washington State this summer.

"Tell people I'm ready to come out there and wreak some havoc," said Tarkington. "I've been sitting out for a year and it's been building up. I'm ready to knock some heads off."

Tarkington signed Washington State in 2005 over Michigan State, Colorado State, Kansas, Marshall and San Diego State but fell short of receiving his AA degree. When he arrives in Pullman this summer, he'll have two to play two.

He sat out this past season and is now on the verge of wrapping up his academic requirements. He has one final class to finish up, an English course, before receiving his AA degree.

"I have my midterm and my final left, and so far I've only gotten A's and B's," said Tarkington, who's unsure if he'll enroll for summer school at WSU or join the team for fall camp.

THE COUGARS FINISHED 2005 with a load of sacks, but didn't consistently get to the quarterback or shut down the run. Still, Tarkington said, he thought the Cougar D-line was close to putting it all together. He was particularly impressed with true frosh Fevaea'i Ahmu.

"Hey, Ahmu did an awesome job for a freshman," said Tarkington.

AS A SOPHOMORE at Moorpark College in 2004, Tarkington changed the face of most games by racking up 78 tackles from his interior line position. He recorded 16 sacks, forced seven fumbles, recovered seven and deflected five passes. He was named first-team all-Northern Division.

Coming out of Taft High in Woodland Hills, Calif., Tarkington was set to sign with Oklahoma but didn't secure a qualifying SAT score and ended up going the junior college route.

"He has size but he also has very good feet," said Moorpark coach Jim Bittner. "He moves well laterally and he's a good pass rush guy. But he can also really stabilize that inside running game at the nose."

Tarkington says he's staying in shape and preparing for the season's rigors by hitting the weight room "for the whole nine yards" five days a week.

"I'm coming there to tear up that middle," said Tarkington.

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