Andrew Roxas' Diary: Week Two

PULLMAN -- Cougar Nation! I know Marsh and Kooy (Marshall Lobbestael and Kevin Kooyman) have been giving you guys the 411 on how we've been doing this summer so far. I'm going to add what I've seen out here on the Palouse the past four weeks..

Dual viewpoints on offense
Note: The Cougfan.com summer diaries on offense will feature more than one view as two roommates -- C Andrew Roxas and QB Marshall Lobbestael -- both graciously volunteered this summer to give CF.C readers an inside look at the world of pre-season Cougar football preparations with a weekly diary. In having both an offensive lineman and quarterback record their thoughts and observations, CF.C readers this summer should glean more insight than ever before. Lobbestael kicked things off last week, Roxas is at it today and coming later this week, the second entry from inside the Cougar defense by DE Kevin Kooyman.

The offense has been coming together and holding voluntary workouts on our own, trying to get our timing and execution on point. It has been going great -- we can already notice that we are a lot further along than we were this time last summer.

Besides working with the rest of the offense, the offensive line has been hard at work continuing to take steps. We lost a few guys during spring ball, including myself. But I'm glad to say that we have all been back and hard at work.

Besides working on coach (Steve) Morton's schemes and terminology in the film room, we have been outside working on our fundamentals, trying to "chase perfection" as coach Mort would say.

Coming into fall camp, we will all be ready to play any position. During spring football, coach Morton taught us how the schemes work as a whole -- not by position -- so we understand what everyone does and why.

This will also create competition within our whole position group. And competition brings the best out of everyone. The five best will play.

We are all working and pushing each other because we all know that nobody is a set starter right now.

As a unit, we agreed that there needs to be a change here and it is going to start with us. There is a chip on our collective shoulder and we are taking it personally -- my man does not touch the ball. We will keep the ball clean.

The word FINISH can also be heard around our position quite often. We will finish everything we do -- whether it is a voluntary workout, an inside zone block, or staying on our man until the ball is gone, it doesn't matter, we WILL finish it.

No excuses, no explanations, we're just going to do our job.

We're going on our fifth week of training as a team with coach Darin Lovat and we're going to continue to get in shape and move some more heavy weight around.

After every workout, we take another step towards Oklahoma State. There's no doubt that September 4 is on everyone's minds.

Have questions for Andrew about the Cougar O? Post them on the CF.C message boards. He might not be able to answer every one of them, but he will read them all and answer any that he can.


Junior-to-be Andrew Roxas hails from La Canada, Calif., where he was named first-team all-league three straight seasons, and first team all-area plus his league's most valuable lineman as a senior. As a true freshman for WSU, he started and starred in a win over UCLA. At Wazzu, he's seen action in 20 games at guard with the one start at center from 2007-08. He sat out the '09 season recuperating from viral hepatitis. Once he returned to the practice field, he looked solid and steadily put back the weight he lost. He's drawn raves for his workout ethic this offseason and is listed atop the WSU depth chart at center.


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