The Washington State Cougars have finished their first true practice of the week, at least the first one in full pads, and are well on their way in preparation for the University of Arizona this Saturday. The practice featured a lot of hitting once more, though it was toned down some from the past two weeks. We have some notes from practice, so read on.
• As the sun set behind the library Tuesday afternoon, a chill overtook the practice field. But by then the offensive linemen already had soaked their jerseys with sweat. The group is working hard in preparation for the Arizona defense this Saturday, a team that was nearly entirely rebuilt from last season but near the top of every major statistical category in the Pac-10. The Wildcats can supply pressure from the outside, the inside, wherever and that’s how they disrupt a passing offense. Thus, the work by the WSU O-line. … Jeffrey Solomon is still waiting for the swelling to go down on his left knee before deciding how to proceed with his rehabilitation on his partially torn ACL. The ligament seems to be stable, but there is also some old damage to his meniscus and a bone bruise to deal with. Whether Solomon will try to get back this season through rehab or arthroscopic surgery and rehab is still to be determined. … Chantz Staden missed practice again today with bruised ribs. … Freshman linebacker Sekope Kaufusi suffered a right thigh bruise in practice and had to watch the second half with ice wrapped around the affected area. … Alex Hoffman-Ellis watched the contact part of practice as well. … Nolan Washington, Andrei Lintz and Marquess Wilson all returned to practice today. … None of the other players who sat out Monday, including right tackle Micah Hannam (concussion), were able to return.
• That’s all for now. Now, a personal note. I won’t be posting in the morning, so unless it shows up tonight, my Pac-10 notebook won’t be available. I also won’t be on the blog all day tomorrow for personal reasons, which I’m pretty sure all of you understand, so I don’t need to go into it here. Until Thursday then …