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Cougars feeling the heat on the Palouse

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PULLMAN, Wash. - Players and coaches at Washington State are feeling pretty good on the Palouse these days.  And it's not all due to the warmer weather.  

After totaling just three wins over the past two years, including one Pac-10 victory, the Cougars have felt some much-needed optimism during their spring camp. To be fair, they've hit some bumps along the road during the offseason, but the team believes it's starting to turn things around.

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"Tuesday's practice wasn't that good at all," said quarterback contender Marshall Lobbestael. "We came out with a lack of focus, a lack of intensity. So we're trying to pick it back up today (Thursday), and start back - get the ball rolling again."

"We've made some strides in some areas, not in everything by no means, but we got five opportunities to take some big steps as a team and we got to utilize them," said head coach Paul Wulff.

It helped this week to have warm, sunny weather in Pullman.  A little sunshine can do anyone some good, but for those players who are used to warmer weather, temperatures in the 60s were warmly welcomed.

"I like this - this is my weather, the heat," said junior defensive end Brandon Rankin, from North Carolina. "It's still fun for me, it's been a while. I think it's fun for everyone else, too."

The Cougars have another scrimmage scheduled for Saturday.  After that, they'll have two more practices next week. They wrap up the spring season next Saturday with the annual Crimson and Gray game.  The game kicks off at 5:30 p.m. on April 24. Fans can watch it live on SWX-TV.

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