Plan C for Diederichs

THE BUZZ AROUND CHENEY this past week was that J.T. Diederichs was headed to Eastern Washington. Originally penciled in to join Washington State's backfield this August, Diederichs did not meet academic eligibility requirements. The former junior college All-America and Ballard High running back talks about if his future plans, and whether they still include the crimson and gray.

Eastern has less stringent academic requirements than the Pac-10 but Diederichs (6-2, 235, 4.4) said the idea of playing for the Eagles was a non-starter, and that he's committed to attending Washington State. Call it Plan C, as in Crimson.

"Eastern, no, that's a no-go," said Diederichs. "I'm going to come in January to Washington State."

The one-time star running back out of Seattle's Ballard High plans on arriving in Pullman at the beginning of the new year, with 2-to-play-2 for the Cougars.

STILL, DIEDERICHS, who was offered by Arizona, Arizona State, Oregon State, BYU, Utah, Louisville, Kansas State and others before re-signing with the Cougs this past February, knows he has a decent amount of classes to complete before earning his AA degree and earning eligibility. Diederichs is now at North Seattle Community College, and says by the end of the summer he'll have chopped the remaining load in half.

"I'm taking three summer classes right now," said Diederichs. "And then I need three more classes after this."

Diederichs attended Dixie State out of high school for two seasons before transferring to Whatcom Community College in Bellingham, followed by his arrival at North Seattle.

"I like it. Out of the junior colleges I've been to it's probably the best one," said Diederichs.

DIEDERICHS SAID he plans to continue to keep in touch with defensive coordinator Robb Akey and the Cougar coaching staff over the coming season, and remains in contact with good friend and WSU quarterback Cole Morgan.

"I talked to coach Akey just a little bit ago, he's always supportive," said Diederichs.

Diederichs in 2005 capped his fifth consecutive 1,000-yard-plus rushing season. He was named junior college All-American at Dixie State after rushing for 1,740 yards his freshman year. Diederichs committed to Washington State out of high school after concluding a remarkable three-year varsity career at Ballard, where he earned first-team all-league honors three straight seasons, racking up up more than 4,000 career rushing yards.

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