Mkristo Bruce's Diary: Week One

PULLMAN -- Cougfans! It's been a ridiculous amount of days sense I've last informed you about how our Cougar family was doing. Now that I'm back in the Palouse getting loose, it's time to get the message out there. We have the whole team here this summer, and I mean everyone, for our voluntary workouts and team building.

We arrived back in Pullman two weeks ago as a team and we all hit the ground running -- LITERALLY! It seemed like as soon as I stepped out of my car, I had my cleats on. There was just a feeling in the air of attitude. You could tell people wanted to win.

Personally, these past two weeks have already influenced me as a player and now that I have been selected as one of the team captains, there is a totally different mentality while working out. In a sense, you add on ten years to your life, and find yourself appreciating the little things that much more -- each rep, each second with your teammates, and every last moment spent working as a family with no other distractions in the way.

One thing I would say that sets this team apart from all others is that we have guys who will hold other guys accountable. There are certain things that are going to help us win, and certain things that won't. And working hard every day is going to help this football team get better.

The best feeling in the world is finishing a workout and knowing that you got better. You can ask any player in the world about that and they would agree. Ask them if they see a player running hard next to them, pushing them, if that makes them push themselves that much harder. Right now, THAT is Cougar football. And I hope that all of you are ready -- because we are going to be ready for you!

How important was the season ending victory over the Huskies to start us off on the right note for this year? Very. We sent our seniors off with their second straight Apple Cup win but I would also say that beating the Huskies was the deciding factor to get us primed going into the offseason.

We said on that day, that second, at that moment, that we would never allow ourselves to lose those close games again. The fourth quarter is where you buckle down and win. That's it, nothing more, nothing less. For those last minutes you give every last breath for the team -- and this summer we will make sure that we have enough breath for every fourth quarter!!!!

Well Cougfans, that's my story for the week and I'm stickin' to it. If you have any questions, toss them up on the message boards here on and I'll do my best to answer as many as I can. So until the next time, we are still, and always will be, the COUGAR NATION OF DOMINATION!


Mkristo Bruce, a WSU senior who tied for the league lead in tackles-for-loss and was also one of the Pac-10's sack leaders in 2005, will be an All-America candidate in 2006. The one-time quarterback from Renton's Liberty High has started 22 consecutive games for the Cougars and is on the 2006 watch list for the Nagurski Trophy, awarded to the best defensive player in college football. Along with quarterback Cole Morgan, he graciously volunteered this summer to give CF.C readers a window on the world of pre-season Cougar football preparation with a weekly diary.

Editor's Note: Be sure and check back on CF.C a little later today for Cole Morgan's first installment.

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