Thursday, May 18, 2006

End of the Road for Derting

Will Derting was a linebacker's linebacker. Tough, smart, fast, ferocious. He wasn't a four-star recruit. He wasn't bombarded with calls from coaches because his family's ranch in Okanogan County (Wash.) didn't have a phone. Derting signed with Washington State in 2001 and the first time the Cougars turned him loose, he intercepted three passes and returned one for a team-record 98-yard touchdown against Nevada. In 2003, he was named All-Pac-10, leading Washington State to a 10-3 record and Holiday Bowl victory over Texas. But a knee injury during a 2005 game against Oregon State led to surgery and he was never the same player. He went to the NFL combine this spring and failed physicals. This week, he called it quits and went back to the ranch.

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