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Early morning greets WSU football


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So this is what 5:30 in the morning looks like now. It's a lot darker than I remember it from just a few weeks ago. We're up at this ungodly hour to make sure we can get through the links and notes before we head off to today's 8:30 practice. It's the first of two Washington State will go through today, one of five two-a-days scheduled over the next week or so. Given the early hour, and the fact WSU left the practice field just more than 12 hours ago, it will be interesting to check out the intensity level. If you want to check out the links we've come up with in the past hour, read on.
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• Washington State: Think the players aren't looking forward to Monday? That's when they'll get their first day off after, by that time, 10 practices in eight days. But, as we said on our post last night, the level of competition is still pretty high and if the Cougars follow through with the plan to emphasis the running game this morning, my guess it will stay pretty high through the morning. ... We looked at the status of James Montgomery and Chantz Staden in our story this morning. ... Freelancer Howie Stalwick had a practice summary on Cougfan and a short piece on John Fullington in the Kitsap Sun. ... That's about it this morning, so I thought I would go through some questions you had and answer them. ... Dan asked about the radio broadcasts in Spokane and I can assure you KXLY (920-AM) is still the place to go. Despite some changes behind the scenes relating to WSU's rights, KXLY will remain the Cougars' flagship station for this season. ... As for the Montana State game time Coug79, it won't be decided until a couple weeks before. There is little chance for TV but even a little means the start times has to wait. Without TV, my guess is a 2 p.m. start time. That's usually WSU's default time. ... 2148hanston wanted to know weight and strength gains. I'm not a big let's-check-each-player's-weight kind of guy, mainly because it's usually only truly relevant in some cases. But CougCenter posted some interesting before and after pictures recently that are worth a few thousand words. ... And avboden, Austin Ehlo is out on the field as a walk-on receiver. He's part of a young receiving class that has been the talk of camp since the first day. ... And that's about it.

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• Around the Pac-10: After a one-year hiatus, the conference is re-emerging as the go-to place for quarterbacks. ... Washington: One of the key position battles for the Huskies is at strongside linebacker. ... The whole group seems to be faster. ... A summary of UW's practice day. ... Oregon State: The Beavers had a visitor at camp, someone who played a huge role in the offense's success the past few years. ... Oregon: Three vie for the Ducks' kicking job. ... Jeff Maehl took a circuitous route to becoming Oregon's go-to receiver. ... Cal and Stanford: The Bears' Cameron Jordan has big shoes to fill. ... USC: The Trojans have decided to really throttle back at practice. ... UCLA: With Kevin Prince's back bothering him, the Bruins' backup quarterback has a chance to show his stuff. ... A new position means new opportunity for a few Bruins, including a big freshman. ... Arizona State: Former 49er John Taylor's nephew is making a name for himself with the Sun Devils. ... Arizona: A workmanlike camp turned fierce for the Wildcats.

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• That's it for this morning except for this story out of Tempe concerning today's NCAA hearing in Seattle for ASU's baseball program. It's a good read and illustrates a former coach and athletic department pointing fingers at each other. ... We'll be back after today's first practice with a short post. Until then ...




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