Kevin Kooyman's Diary: Week One

PULLMAN -- The 2010 Washington State Cougar Football Team is back in town for the remainder of the summer. We have already had three solid weeks of strength and conditioning training with strength coach Darrin Lovat. By the way, that whole first week, all the players were throwing around sledgehammers and large tractor tires. And no, I'm not kidding.

Summer started off a little differently this year.

Our weight room was completely renovated -- which turned out great, by the way. But summer conditioning got underway for us on June 1, and with a large number of players in attendance. And since the weight room was still not done our first week back, we did all of our exercises outside.

We used kettle bells, sandbags, sledgehammers and huge, giant tractor tires.

It was quite a sight. If anyone has watched UFC training, that's basically what we did for a week until the weight room was finished. It was brutal, but effective.

The CF.C Summer Diaries
Note: The summer diaries on defense feature senior d-end Kevin Kooyman, who graciously volunteered for the second straight summer to give CF.C readers an inside look at the world of pre-season Cougar football preparations with a weekly diary. On offense, the diaries feature two roommates -- QB Marshall Lobbestael and C Andrew Roxas. Lobbestael's first entry, published Tuesday, can be found here, and look for Roxas' first entry next week.

Once we finally got into the weight room in Week 2, we immediately went about maxing out on some of our most common lifts. MLB Alex Hoffman-Ellis had the highest Hang Clean max, pushing up 380 pounds. And he was followed by quite a large number of individuals who were all around the 330-pound range. (Note: For more perspective, click here.)

We also did single leg lunge max and front squat max. For the single leg max, a handful of guys were around the 300-pound region and for the front squat, players were approaching nearly 400 pounds.

Coach Lovat has already, here in June, done a great job working us hard to prepare for the season.

This team is looking very strong and we are becoming a well-conditioned unit, which will be a huge benefit for us come September 4 down in Stillwater, Oklahoma. The defense and offense have been getting together on our own time twice a week for some extra work, to walk through plays and keep ourselves sharp for when fall camp rolls around.

Personally, I feel it is more beneficial that we can get together as a team voluntarily and establish the trust that we have lacked in the past years. It's not always about Xs and Os, it's about becoming a team and having fun with those guys next to you who have been busting their asses all summer.

I believe we are headed on the right path -- to turn Cougar Football around and win some games for those loyal Cougar fans out there. Keep believing because we are going to keep fighting! GO COUGS!

P.S. To all you Tri-Cities Cougs, I had another great year at the Annual Cougar Tailgate. I love going down there each year.

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Cougar defensive end Kevin Kooyman hails from Maple Valley, Wash. where he was named the statewide high school Male Athlete of the Year for 2005-06 by the Seattle Times. The fifth year senior-to-be suffered an injury in the '09 opener and redshirted this past season. He played in 12 games in 2008 for WSU, starting six and posting 31 tackles. Injuries wiped out half his sophomore year but he still earned two starts on the d-line. As a true frosh in 2006, he saw action in 11 games, registering six tackles, one sack and 1 QB hurry. He was also a two-time state wrestling champion in high school.

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