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Originally published August 24, 2011 at 9:21 PM | Page modified August 24, 2011 at 9:24 PM

Cougars reaching time for redshirt decisions

Wulff said the Cougars are leaning heavily toward playing a handful of scholarship freshmen.

Spokane Spokesman-Review

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PULLMAN — Washington State has reached the point where decisions are made about redshirting freshmen.

"Our plan right now is to keep pushing them like they're going to play," WSU coach Paul Wulff said. "We'll have more of a set idea either Friday or Saturday."

Washington State has 33 true freshmen in camp, most on scholarships but some walk-ons.

Wulff said the Cougars are leaning heavily toward playing a handful of scholarship freshmen, including linebackers Chester Sua and Daryl Monroe, receivers Henry Eaddy and Isiah Myers, running back Marcus Mason and possibly two walk-ons who have shown special-teams acumen: linebacker Cyrus Coen and safety Jordan Simone. Others might still show they are ready to play, or injuries might open a door.

If it seems like a lot, it isn't.

Whether it is high-profile players such as quarterback Jeff Tuel or defensive end Travis Long, or reserves thrust into the breach, such as offensive lineman Alex Reitnouer, WSU has had to rely on true freshmen playing key roles too often since Wulff took over.

Not this season.

"This is the first year we've been able to truly redshirt the core of the class," Wulff said.

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