Washington State's practice schedule has them going under the lights on Monday night, wearing their shells. That means no hard pads, just soft shoulder pads, helmets, jerseys and shorts. We have a couple notes, so read on.
• Not a lot of action as this is the first night putting in the game plan for this Saturday's game and working out the physical kinks from last Saturday's game. Coach Paul Wulff was adamant once again about the problems that manifested themselves on Saturday were not as hard to fix as they've been the past two years, and they will get fixed. He also said future Cougar schedules probably wouldn't have openers with the caliber of teams the past five years have had – Auburn, Wisconsin, Oklahoma State, Stanford and Oklahoma State again. He and AD Bill Moos have talked about games in which its possible to work out the kinks, make mistakes and still have the opportunity to win. ... A couple of position battles have cropped up, with Andrew Roxas' play last week giving him a lot of snaps at left guard with the ones. Wade Jacobson had more with the twos, though he was still listed as the starter in this week's two-deep. Tyson Pencer was back going full speed, playing left tackle with the twos. If Pencer continues to improve, it wouldn't surprise me to see David Gonzales playing some right tackle now and again. ... Jared Karstetter did not practice but is expected to play this week. Gino Simone was back at practice and should play against Montana State. Kristoff Williams' turf toe is doing much better and he may debut against SMU. ... Jared Byers, brace and crutches, was as practice, as was LeAndre Daniels, wearing the steel halo. He walked off the field with Aaron Dunn, who has his right arm in a cast. I called them Marvel's new superheroes, the Cement Kid and Metal Boy, which made Daniels laugh. Dunn said he saw Rickey Galvin in the hospital and their casts were mirror images. ... Finally, here's our first look at Montana State.
• That's all for now. We'll be back in the morning. Until then ...