The toughest, or longest, or hardest, whichever adjective you want to pick, week of the fall camp is finally starting to wind down. Washington State practices once today, has its last two-a-day Saturday and the final practice of the week Sunday morning. With the heat that finally seems to be moderating today, this has been the type of week coaches want as they prepare for a long season. For our super-sized morning post, click the link.
• Washington State: We’re going to have to do this quick thanks to our computer seizing up twice, forcing me to force-quit my document when I was midway through. So we’ve tried to recreate the Pulitzer-quality prose, but failed miserably. … We have our first position preview in this morning’s S-R. It’s on the running back spot. There was also this short in the paper on J.T. Levenseller. … The Times’ Bud Withers was over last week and he wrote this feature on Western Washington transfer Casey Hamlett. … It looks like WSU’s athletic department was not immune to the state’s economic woes. … CougFan has a couple free items, including this piece on the new walk-on kicker and Jim Moore’s column about Andy Mattingly. … Before we forget, because we did yesterday, senior center Kenny Alfred was named to the Rimington Trophy Fall Watch List. That means he is now being considered for the award.
• Around the Pac-10: The theme for the conference today is simple: injuries. About every school is dealing with a major injury (except, unless there is unexpected bad news about Montgomery’s knee this morning, WSU). Most of the links will have some mention of an injury or two. But before we get there, here is Withers’ preview of Stanford, the Cougars first opponent in a couple weeks. … Washington: The Huskies are looking for their secondary to improve, according to the Times’ Bob Condotta. … Tacoma’s Todd Milles reports UW could use two tailbacks in tandem. He also has a list of the players missing practice. … Oregon State: A big name missed the Beavers’ practice yesterday. … Oregon: A look at the Ducks’ third-string quarterback. … UO will have to do without a receiver against Boise State. … Cal: Jahvid Best is having trouble getting on the field. And he may have trouble winning any awards. … Stanford: The Cardinal have an eclectic group of walk-ons. … USC: Two more Trojans are suffering from big injuries. …UCLA: An offensive lineman’s year is done. … Arizona State: Finally, some good news on the injury front. A banged-up quarterback is expected back soon. … Arizona: An assistant change, a change in attitude.
• That’s it for this morning. We’ll be at practice today and post early this afternoon. Until then …