COUGARS • UPDATED: 4:10 P.M.
There is an incredible amount of news this morning, including more than a handful of stories out of Eugene. We'll get right to it. Read on.
• Washington State: We went a little farther afield this morning with our story about a couple Ducks from the Spokane area, but we tried to keep you up-to-date on the blog. Did forget a couple things though, and a reader's comment brought it back. Gino Simone's been battling a flu bug this week and missed two days of practice. He's expected to start and play Saturday, however. Reserve safety Eric Block, however, might not as he's been sick as well. Tony Thompson returned to practice Thursday after missing a couple days with a bug. ... John Blanchette had a column today on the Cougars and starting Jeff Tuel. ... Freelancer Howie Stalwick his this short story in the Kitsap Sun. ... And Bud Withers adds this piece on the changes in the lineup. UPDATE: Just got into Eugene and wanted to pass on the Blount news. You can read it here, but the upshot is, he has a chance to be reinstated in November.
• Around the Pac-10: Withers also has his conference picks and power rankings today. ... Ted Miller at ESPN.com looks at the Pac-10's backup quarterbacks. ... Buster Sports' Nick Daschel has his picks for the week. ... Washington: E.J. Savannah probably won't play this week. If he doesn't, here's who entered college with a lot of hype. ... Oregon State: A long snapper story. ... Oregon: LeGarrette Blount wrote a letter of apology to the Oregon student newspaper this week (he played the role of Dwight Tardy on the scout team during practice). Now there seems to be some hints out of Eugene he may be reinstated. The Register-Guard columnist, George Schroeder, believes that would be the wrong move. ... Back to this week's game. The Ducks are looking for consistency. ... They are getting some up front on defense. There's a reason. ... Cal: The Bears have found another cornerback. ... Stanford: Chris Owusu seems fast. Really fast. It runs in the family and, yes, the pun was intentional. ... USC: The O-line takes responsibility for offensive struggles. ...UCLA: Stanford's offense forces cornerbacks to tackle, often one-on-one against Toby Gerhart. This Bruin is ready. ... Arizona State: A Sun Devil receiver misses practice but expects to play. ... Arizona: Another wide receiver story.
• That's it for this morning. We'll be back after we get to Eugene with our game day items and story. Until then …