Mkristo Bruce's Diary: Week Two

PULLMAN -- From the Palouse weather still playing tricks on us, to the weights on our backs, we are here standing strong for Week Two of the Diaries! Even since the last time I talked to all of you, we have upped the ante and not only put more weight on the bar - but tacked on some more yards to the finish line. And just thinking about Sept. 2 against Auburn, oh my GOODNESS!

This Cougar football team as a whole is taking every workout and making it a point of getting better each outing.

To push our bodies to the limit all year long for 'just a few Saturdays', to play this grueling sport of football, you have to have motivation -- something that pushes you everyday. For some, it might be getting that championship ring, breaking a record, or maybe the hopes of making it to the next level.

But whatever your motivation is, it is always in the back of your mind screaming at you to push yourself to finish that last rep. It won't let you take a play off while everyone else is working so hard.

As I said last time, there are a lot more motivating factors screaming at all of us for this upcoming season.

One of them for me is the thought of a sold out Auburn stadium and the Washington State Cougars coming to town!! If that doesn't send chills down your spine then you aren't trying. Just imagining a 98 degree, hot, humid, hostile environment with a sea of crimson and gray taking over the stadium!!


I tell you right now, it could go down in the history books as one of those once in a career epic battles, one with the extreme support of the visiting team. It would be on ESPN constantly as a favored re-run.

Now that all of you got me riled up, ranting and raving, maybe I should bring it down a little bit and come back to the diary.

As a team, we love our crowd participation. We feed off of the Cougar Nation of Domination. When we hear the fight song or see the Cougar chomp in the crowd, it gives us an automatic jolt of energy. Speaking for the team I would just like to say, Thank You. We appreciate all of our fans!!!

If you have any questions, post them on the message boards on and I'll do my best to answer as many as I can. Until next time, we are and still remain 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.

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