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Badgers are now on their mind


Practice yesterday was going along pretty non-descript. There was no great plays on either side of the ball, the drills were the typical, get-better-by-working-on-fundamentals type, the weather wasn’t even too hot or too cold. It wasn’t a bad practice, actually it was pretty intense, but there was just nothing out of the ordinary.

Then the last couple periods were used to get ready for Wisconsin.

And it finally sunk in the first game is just about a week away. From there games come every Saturday – except the bye in late October – and there will be no time to catch a breath or heal a wound.

Here’s my short story from practice. Then I have my usual preview piece, today on the wide receivers (see video below). Tomorrow we look at the offensive line, which is coming together nicely. Sunday, we are going to write about WSU’s football scheduling philosophy, not only for 2007 but also from the past few years.

Practice today is at 4 – which is the normal time for practice during the school year, which is an answer to a question – and being I’m spending the weekend in Pullman, I’ll post something afterward. Promise.

• As for some of your questions, here are the answers. … Yes, Andy Mattingly is a backup and has been all fall. He’s playing the Sam backer with Cory Evans. When Jason Stripling with declared ineligible – and I’m still trying to find out of his appeal has been denied, but I believe it still is in process – Alex Hamill became the Will backer, with JC transfer Kendrick Dunn the backup. Hamill is out with a foot injury, though Dunn won the job before Hamill was hurt. As for Mattingly, he will probably play as much as any starter, because he is so versatile. … Gibson is running better on his knee. I believe if the Cougs were playing today, he could strap it up and get out there. But as they have time – he’s a veteran who knows what he has to do – until they play, they are letting him heal completely. If he isn’t back in pads by Sunday, I’ll be surprised. Then again, I’m the guy who thought Jeff Weaver and Jose Guillen were going to be busts for the M’s, so what do I know? … And, no, I don’t know why Butch Van Breda Kolff was living in Spokane, unless this is where college coaches go to fish, play golf and while away their golden years.

• For you Dennis Erickson fans, and I know there are still a few out there, here is the Seattle Times’ preview of Arizona State.

• I guess I missed this yesterday – I’m hoping it wasn’t available on-line for some technical reason – but Todd Milles had a story on the Cougar running backs.

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Chris Derrick Chris Derrick is a sports reporter. His primary coverage areas are the Spokane Chiefs, Spokane Indians, women's basketball and high school softball and volleyball. He also contributes to the SportsLink Blog.

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