Non-Verbal 101: Dealing with crowd noise

THE SELLOUT CROWD at Martin Stadium last Saturday night played a part in Washington State’s decisive defeat of the Ducks, coach Mike Leach said afterward. For opponents, a fired up crowd truly is the equivalent of facing a 12th man. And WSU may be on the other end of things this Saturday vs. Stanford (7:30 pm, ESPN). Combating that audible energy isn't easy, but it is possible, former Cougar lineman Joshua Duin tells Cougfan.com.
October 7, 2016

Value of Yarno's system clear in face of woes

HAD THINGS TURNED OUT differently, George Yarno might be presenting closing arguments these days. Instead, he and his 2006 Cougar linemen are putting together a remarkable season. As fine a job as the offensive line coach did in '05, when Jerome Harrison ran for the fifth- most yards ever in the Pac-10 and sacks allowed were few and far between, the work he's done this season has been better.
October 23, 2006

Doba: Secondary's biggest test looms

WSU'S SECONDARY, cornerback in particular, was the biggest concern coming into '06. At season's midpoint, however, the DBs are playing well, with corner Tyron Brackenridge an especially notable contributor. With Cal on tap, Bill Doba says the unit faces its toughest test. Also, he notes, extra time will be spent on special teams, which looked shaky at OSU. Plus, Brink speaks and much more.
October 10, 2006

Evening Report: Broadus Stepping It Up

PULLMAN -- Things looked decidedly dim at defensive end when starting DE Matt Mullennix was lost to a knee injury in fall camp. Proven depth was thin, and the big junior looked to be on the verge of finally being healthy, and making some serious noise once the season started. But after it was clear he wouldn't be hitting the turf this year, the Cougars looked to Lance Broadus.
October 3, 2006

Practice report: O-line situation improving

PULLMAN -- Center Josh Duin, nursing a knee strain, might be ready to practice Wednesday and could play Saturday against USC, line coach George Yarno said Tuesday. Right now, though, Kenny Alfred -- who has played considerably this year off the bench at center and guard -- will get the start. And for the second straight week, starting left guard Sean O'Connor will step in at left tackle.
September 27, 2006