Mkristo Bruce's Diary: Week Five

PULLMAN -- Hey Cougfans! Is it just me, or do you always find yourself hearing Cougar Game Day sayings too? Phrases like, "Aaaaand that's another COUGAR FIRST DOWN!" and "NOOOOoooo GAIN". I love how Glenn Johnson starts it off by himself and then the whole Cougar Nation comes in with everything they have to finish it out. WOW!!

Let's just take a second to let the goose bumps go down then we can continue the diary. Everybody ready? Aaaaand... we're back.

So this week has been an absolute back breaker. I saw darned near every single plate in the weight room squeezed onto the bar so that LB Greg Trent could squat his ungodly amount of weight.

For those of you who have seen some big weights pushed around, just answer me this one question: Have you seen a bar bend over the lifter's shoulders while they were squatting? It makes you want to go home and do some push ups or something in order to keep up!

I mean this guy was in high school a couple years ago and now he's lifting the entire weight room plus all the furniture. All I have to say is thank you for coming to Washington State, young man, because we are going to put you to work.

Next on the agenda is a question received from the message boards, about our off-season workouts and how they contribute to our success.

One of the main ways they make a difference is by focusing our attention on getting bigger, faster, and stronger -- rather than just the mental play aspects. We still watch film of our past games to dissect the good and the bad. But our main concern now is on the things that we can't do during the season.

The season is so hard and demanding on our bodies there is no way we could get in there and lift and run the way we do in the summer.

These workouts balance the season out in many ways. It is also a good place to introduce some of the new guys to the team so they can see the how and what we expect from our teammates.

In a sense, you can actually win and lose in the summer. Because what you do in the summer carries you into the fall -- where you live and die on those beautiful Saturday battles.

Well Coug fans that's it for this week, but if you have any other questions make sure to post them on the message boards and I'll try to get to 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 WSU senior offensive tackle Charles Harris, and, previously, backup QB 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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