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Another busy day of WSU news – and from around the conference. Read on for links on everything from a Cougar football recruit to the Pac-10's best kickers.
• Washington State: If you didn't get a chance to read our Toby Gerhart feature last night, here it is from the paper. We also had this practice report. It features three areas the Cougars need to shore up before they move up the Pac-10 ladder. ... Recruit John Fullington helps in a couple of those areas. ... Click here for my Pac-10 picks. ... Freelancer Howie Stalwick has his season preview in the News Tribune and checks in with Cory Mackay in the Kitsap Sun. ... CougCenter examines Stanford. ... ESPN.com's Ted Miller gives his take on the matchup. ... And for you basketball fans, ESPN takes an early look at the Pac-10, with plenty of WSU mentions. Might not be the only basketball mention in these parts today.
• Around the Pac-10: Miller finishes up his conference rankings, covering punters and kickers. He has Reid Forrest and Nico Grasu each fourth. ... Buster Sports' Nick Daschel collates his top 10 lists and comes out with an overall rating. ... Washington: The Seattle Times does its season preview on the Huskies, who open Saturday vs. LSU. I picked this story but there is much more. ... Oregon State: The Beavers have two experienced senior quarterbacks, but only one is healthy right now. ... Oregon: Again, it's season preview time. The Oregonian has a series of stories about the Oregon teams. For the Ducks, I picked the Chip Kelly feature. ... Cal: The Bears have quite possibly the best cornerback in the nation. ... Stanford: Nothing from the Bay Area, but we had our story and a look at the Cardinal in the WSU section. UPDATE: Found a Stanford story. Pretty neat one, too. ... USC: Despite all the injuries, despite the question marks, despite the likely snub, the Trojans believe they are headed to the national title game. ...UCLA: The Bruins had a great practice. What, Rick Neuheisel exaggerate? ... Arizona State: There is one key position group for the Sun Devils and it isn't the glamour spots. ... Arizona: One Wildcat has something to apologize for.
• That's it for this morning. There's practice this afternoon and we're working on our Friday story. We'll have information about both later today. Until then …