IN LOOKING AHEAD to Oregon State on Saturday – and to the second half of the Cougs’ season as well – the key to defensive success for Washington State looks to weigh heavily upon the defensive line. Specifically, the ability of the Cougars to both stop the run and bring pressure without necessarily having to go heavy on the blitzes. So just how up to the challenge are Ioane Gauta and crew?
THE INTERIOR OF Washington State’s defensive line will look different this spring – some have gotten bigger and some have leaned up. Toni Pole, for example, has packed on 20-plus pounds. Ioane Gauta, meanwhile, has dropped nearly 20.