And it certainly looks like it's helped as the Washington State University Football team has several position battles as players have come back bigger, stronger, faster, and smarter from over the summer.
Other than Connor Halliday at quarterback, Darryl Monroe at linebacker, and Xavier Cooper and Toni Pole on the defensive line, no one has officially been named a starter for the Cougs, and probably won't for another few weeks. Despite that, Coach Leach loves the fight he is seeing in his players.
"We've had really good competitive work," said Coach Leach. "You can really see that they've embraced the off-season and worked really hard in the off-season. Kind of a high level of individual commitment and they're pretty competitive and it's been good work."
The Cougs practiced Tuesday in Lewiston at 2:30 and will finish off their L-C Valley tour tomorrow (Wednesday) with a 60-play scrimmage at the same time before heading back to Pullman Wednesday night.