Newswire: Dawes' focus on starting, good life

SOMETIMES IT'S EASY to just focus on what players do on the football field -- and forget about the obstacles some have had to overcome to get to a school like Washington State and play big time college football. For the Cougars' Markus Dawes, as the Herald Tribune in Sarasota, Fla. explains, his is a story in perseverance. And the best may be yet to come.

Abandoned, and with those around him spending time in and out of prison, Dawes has persevered.

Well on his way to earning a starting job on the corner this spring, he suffered another injury setback. As to what his latest surgery means for his availability in '08, the corner vows to be ready to go for the opener against Oklahoma State.

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