Crimson Tank waiting on Brigham's red tape

WERE IT UP to Bryan Tarkington, he'd be taking summer classes at Washington State right now. Red tape, however, might delay the highly anticipated defensive tackle's arrival out on the Palouse until July. The slowdown is on the Cougars end -- No, not the ones in Pullman. The ones in Provo.

In about two weeks, however, he expects to be at WSU and ready to begin his crimson and gray career.

The last class Tarkington needed to receive his AA degree was a correspondence English course, one he took from BYU. The same class that kept him from qualifying last year, this time around, he passed it easily.

"It's a no brainer. I passed," said the 6-4, 320-pound defensive tackle. "I got a B."

So what's the hold up?

"It's taking forever for BYU to get it to Moorpark," said Tarkington, who has enlisted Moorpark College to try and speed things along.

"I talked to the head person at Moorpark for the AA and she's saying since I was supposed to graduate (from Moorpark) last summer but didn't pass the class, I'm at the bottom of the list right now. So I'm trying to persuade her to move me to the top of the list. And my coach is trying to talk to them."

TO HELP PASS the time before he leaves for Pullman, Tarkington said he's been doing what he can to stay in fighting trim.

"I'm still working out but I'm not heavy lifting anymore because you have to give your body a break -- I've been lifting heavy for about the last three months," said Tarkington. "So basically what I've been doing lately is core stuff and footwork."

TARKINGTON SAID HE expects everything to be cleared up and finalized from BYU and Moorpark by the end of this month. The summer school session at WSU that begins next Monday is out, but he plans on joining the team for the remainder of the summer's voluntary workouts.

"I'll probably leave at the end of this month and get up there by July," said Tarkington. "I definitely can't wait to get there. And I'm definitely going to get there with my head on straight and let everyone know that I'm ready to play."

When he does arrive at WSU, he has two to play two and said he plans on earning everything he gets.

"Mainly, I have to prove myself -- I can't just walk in and start talking, I have to prove myself to the rest of the team," said Tarkington.

IT'S BEEN AN odyssey for the Cougar fans waiting for the junior college DT to wreak some backfield havoc out on the Palouse. Tarkington signed with the Cougs in 2005 over Michigan State, Colorado State, Kansas, Marshall and San Diego State. He was in Pullman for last year's fall camp but never suited up, falling short of receiving his AA degree.

As a sophomore at Moorpark in 2004, Tarkington racked up 78 tackles from his interior line position. He logged 16 sacks as a defensive tackle, forced seven fumbles, recovered seven and deflected five passes. Coming out of Taft High in Woodland Hills, Calif., Tarkington was set to sign with Oklahoma but didn't secure a qualifying SAT score before traveling the junior college route.

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