LAST FALL, THE WASHINGTON STATE COUGARS WERE RICH
WITH EXPERIENCE IN THE DEFENSIVE BACKFIELD.
BUT SENIORS LIKE DEONE BUCANNON, DAMANTE HORTON AND
NOLAN WASHINGTON ARE GONE.
AS TOM GILES TELLS US, THIS SEASON THE COUGARS WILL
HAVE TO RELY ON A YOUNGER, LESS EXPERIENCED CREW,
LED BY A TALENTED CORNERBACK.
DAQUAWN BROWN: "You're going to see a lot of intensity
out ot me this year for sure.
TOM GILES: DESPITE THE FACT THAT HE'S JUST A SOPHOMORE,
W-S-U'S DAQUAWN BROWN HAS SWAG - AND MORE EXPERIENCE
AT CORNERBACK THAN ANY OTHER COUGAR.
Second year in the system, second year facing PAC-12
teams and that type of deal, he knows what's expected
of him and what's expected of him to make our defense
last year we had all seniors and I was the only freshman
traveling so, it doesn't hurt to be a leader, I'm
used to playing this role and I embrace it, I just
want us to develop as a secondary so our defense can
just be wild this year.
GILES: THE LOS ANGELES NATIVE HAS ALSO EARNED THE
RESPECT OF HIS TEAMMATES, ON BOTH SIDES OF THE BALL.
you never know what you're going to get with him because
he is real smart.
you hate to practice against a guy like that but you
love to have a guy like that on your team, you know
what I mean he's going to do whatever he can to win.
We love having Cheetah back there, he's a young guy,
excited guy, a lot of energy, we love to have him.
GILES: DAQUAWN'S BEEN A COUGAR FOR TWO YEARS, BUT
HIS COMPARISONS TO THE FELINE KINGDOM GO BACK MORE
THAN A DECADE BECAUSE OF HIS QUICKNESS.
I had the name Cheetah since I was six years old,
I was on the local Pop Warner team and I was just
like one of the fastest kids out there.
GILES: THAT SPEED, ALONG WITH FOUR STARTS AT CORNERBACK
FOR DAQUAWN AS A FRESHMAN, HAS EVERYONE IN PULLMAN
EXCITED ABOUT NUMBER-4...
He's had a great summer, his camp is going very very
well, he's competing at a high rate and I have great
expectations for him this fall.
THIS YEARS SEASON BEGINS IN SEATTLE AS THE COUGARS
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