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A look into Wazzu's Midnight Maneuvers

When Mike Leach got to Washington State, he introduced an offseason conditioning series to the Cougars that he called "Midnight Maneuvers."

No coach has really spoken much about the conditioning, but via social media and a few other mediums a lot can be seen and understood about Midnight Maneuvers.

Leach outlined the circuit in his autobiography:

During the two-week conditioning circuit, I wanted them to sacrifice their evenings. We called it Midnight Maneuvers. We would actually start around 10 at night. The timing was perfect because that's roughly the time of day when we'd be playing a lot of fourth quarters. I've heard a lot of teams do their conditioning at dawn, but how many games are their players going to play before breakfast?

We'd have our guys do a bunch of stations, where they'd have to do everything from bear crawls, to dot drills for their footwork, to obstacle courses. Better still, we knew they weren't out with their buddies partying. Instead, they were with their team. They gave up their nights because it was a team endeavor. We were working together as a team -- it was a good message to send.

Midnight Maneuvers are now winding down after starting on Jan. 31, but it looks like the Cougars are getting after it. Over the past two weeks, Washington State offensive line graduate assistant Price Ferguson and Washington State football were kind enough to give people a peak on their Twitter feeds: