The short Monday practice is over and Washington State is off the Rogers practice field. We have a few notes for you, so read on.
• As with any Monday, there was a decent contingent of players watching from the sidelines as they recover from the bumps and bruises of Saturday's game. This week the group included Jared Karstetter, who was held out for precautionary reasons but did a lot of running and cutting on the sidelines, Tyson Pencer, whose groin problem flared up, and Anthony Carpenter, who was resting a knee. Chantz Staden did suit up, but iced his knee down before practice was finished. Chima Nwachukwu didn't suit, still waiting clearance for his neck. Eric Oertel, who tweaked a hamstring, sat out. ... There was one big guy missing and that was freshman Toni Pole. His calf injury got infected last week and he underwent surgery to clean it out. He's out of the hospital already. Though there is no official word, I'm guessing the true freshman defensive tackle will now redshirt. ... Other than that, Monday was pretty mundane, with a lot of special teams work, the beginning of the game plan, the typical drills. Nothing out of the ordinary. ... We do have one link for you and that's to our first look at USC. We'll have more on the Trojans tomorrow. ... And one last thing. The Pac-10 athletic directors met last week and there was little progress on the questions of conference alignment and revenue splits. Stay tuned.
• That's all for now. We'll be back in the morning. Until then ...