Coug DT/DE beginning WSU career today

THE SUMMER OFFSEASON program at WSU ramps up in earnest today, with many current roster players back in to town for summer school and voluntary workouts. The incoming recruiting class arrives soon and also get an early start. But one from that '10 class is getting an even earlier jump -- DT Steven Hoffart. He's taking his first college class at WSU today, and getting in some workout time as well.

Steven Hoffart, a 6-4, 270-pound DT/DE out of Butte College who pledged crimson in May, isn't wasting any time.

"I got up here on the first of June," said Hoffart. "This first week I've been going to academic appointments, getting my physical and stuff. And then on Monday, I start classes and workouts, too."

Hoffart said he's settled in nicely -- he's rooming with Brandon Rankin and Zack Williams, two former JUCO transfers to Washington State. Rankin also came from Butte and is a good friend.

"It's great. But they're pretty much gone all day, they started (taking classes) the first summer session," said Hoffart.

A handful of Cougar players, like Rankin and Williams, generally stay and take classes in the first summer session, immediately after the spring semester at WSU ends. The majority of current roster players and key walk-ons usually start arriving for classes that begin in the second summer session. Some of those classes don't start up until June 21 but in Hoffart's and other's cases, they begin this week. CF.C will have more on the summer workouts and team in our upcoming player diaries, slated to kick off this month.

"I'm just figuring out where everything is. It's a huge campus," said Hoffart.

Hoffart has 3-to-play-3 for WSU. As a redshirt freshman at Butte this past season, official stats credit him with 31 tackles in 10 games played -- with 13.5 tackles for loss and 11 of which were sacks. He also had the QB hurries, a pass break-up, forced fumble and fumble recovery.

Hoffart is capable of playing at a number of different spots on the d-line for the Cougs -- he could line up at 1-, 3- or 5-technique. But there are classes and voluntary summer workouts to do before that begins to sort itself out in the Cougs' August fall camp.

"I'm just happy to be a Cougar," said Hoffart. "It's a great place."

Hoffart prepped at Davis High, just outside of Sacramento, the same school that produced head man Paul Wulff, who went on to become a four year starting center for Washington State.

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