Cougars elect four as 2007 team captains

WASHINGTON STATE players have elected four team captains for the 2007 season -- seniors Husain Abdullah, Alex Brink and Michael Bumpus, along with junior Greg Trent. "The players vote and I couldn't agree with them more," said head coach Bill Doba. "They took it seriously and did an excellent job of picking out four kids that will be outstanding leaders for our team."

Brink is a repeat selection from 2006 while Bumpus, Abdullah and Trent are serving as captains for the first time.

Abdullah, a 6-foot-1, 178-pound free safety from Pomona, Calif., has been a mainstay on the Cougar defense, starting each of his last 21 games. Abdullah had 66 tackles this past season to go along with one pass breakup, a fumble recovery and three interceptions. He registered a career-high 11 tackles at Arizona State to go along with a 35-yard interception and added an interception in the season-ending Apple Cup. For his career Abdullah has totaled 146 tackles, 94 solo, along with six interceptions, three forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries and six pass breakups.

Brink, a 6-foot-3, 215-pound quarterback from Eugene, Ore., threw for 2,899 yards and 19 touchdowns last season. A second team All-Pac-10 selection in 2006, Brink is also a two-time Pac-10 All-Academic first team member. Brink completed 241 of 396 passes (60.9 percent) his junior campaign and finished second in the conference in passing average (241.6 ypg) and total offense (24.2 ypg). He also was ranked 20th nationally in total offense and 15th in completions per game at 20.08 per game. Brink was named Pac-10 Offensive Player of the Week after throwing for 405 yards and three touchdowns in a win at UCLA which followed a 20-for-23 performance in the win over Oregon. He set a school record by completing his final 17 passes against the Ducks.

Bumpus, a 6-foot-0, 195-pound wide receiver from Culver City, Calif., was an honorable mention selection in 2006, his third consecutive season receiving the honor. Bumpus led the Cougar receivers with 60 catches for 558 yards and one touchdown in 2006. He led the Pac-10 in catches for much of the season and was in the top ten nationally until a high ankle sprain suffered against Arizona forced him to miss much of that game along with the next contest at Arizona State. He returned for the Apple Cup against Washington where he caught five passes for 43 yards. He had a career-best 11 catches for 112 yards against USC and added eight catches for 74 yards in the victory over Oregon. Bumpus also ranks fifth in career punt return yards at WSU and holds a share of the Cougar record for punt returns for touchdowns with three.

Trent, a 5-foot-11, 219-pound middle linebacker from Keller, Texas, started all 12 games last season and five as a true freshman in 2005. Trent registered 77 tackles last season, 35 solo, along with a sack and two tackles for loss. He recorded a career-high 14 tackles against USC last year and added a 10-tackle game later that season at Arizona State. As a freshman, he had 69 tackles in 11 games, including a season-high 13 against Oregon. He was oft-praise by Doba during spring ball last month for his play and on-field leadership.

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