Cole Morgan's Diary: Week One

Pullman -- Hey Cougar Nation, I'll be writing to you guys week to week to keep you updated on this summer. If you know your maritime history, you know the red flag on a pirate's ship signifies 'Never surrender'. Well, Washington State this summer has, metaphorically, donned the eye patch and we're ready to run up the red streamers on the battleship Cougar.

I am heading into my second summer here at Washington State, and it was so nice to have an idea of what this summer might be like in terms of conditioning and school. You really have no idea what a voluntary summer workout program with strength coach Rob Oviatt is like until you've been through it yourself.

This summer, however, we also have something a little different out on the field with us.

It's a red flag. It's there with us every day and it symbolizes the red flag the pirates used on their ships, the meaning behind it being, 'Never surrender'.

When we're done with our conditioning for the day, we run a lap around Rogers Field and either a senior or a captain will be at the front of the line, running with that red flag in hand.

This is a very important summer for Cougar football.

Everyone here knows that, and everyone is working hard to be back on top of the Pac-10.

I will of course be focusing more on the offense and Mkristo will be keeping you up to date with the defensive side of the ball.

We're now a week and a half into summer workouts and just completed our first full circuit workout earlier this week -- circuit meaning you go station to station, do that exercise or drill, and move onto the next one.

We spend plenty of days each week that are "football days", where we get in our running and lifting. We schedule a day off where we can let our bodies rest and heal up, but most guys are coming in to do some cardio training on their rest day anyway.

If you have any questions for me, just go ahead and post them on the Cougfan.com message boards and I'll do my best to answer them.

Cole, No.18

Cole Morgan, WSU redshirt freshman, has been tutored by Cougar quarterback legend Jack Thompson since he was 10 years old. Referred to by WSU coach Timm Rosenbach as "a taller Jason Gesser," Morgan as a prep senior guided Ballard High to the state playoffs for the first time in school history, throwing for 1,816 yards and 26 TDs. Along with senior DE and team captain Mkristo Bruce, 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.

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