With the high today expected to be somewhere in the 90s, it's a good thing Washington State is holding a morning practice. Especially for the offensive linemen, who have a tendency to sweat a bit more than most of their teammates. The other unintended consequence? The beat writer is up early, pouring himself a cup of coffee and poring over stories. The results can be found on the link, so read on.
• Washington State: There are about a week's worth of Cougar stories to pass along this morning, and seeing that I covered last night's practice here, we'll get right to it. … We had our story in the S-R today concerning the state of the position battles for the Cougars. The defense is still looking for the starter at one cornerback spot, the offense for a backup quarterback. Other than that, it's all pretty well decided, even the special teams questions, though their were four long snappers in uniform yesterday, as a walk-on joined the squad and Alex Reitnouer was on the field, albeit not in pads. … There were a few other new faces on the field yesterday, but Rahmel Dockery and Alex Mitchell were still in street clothes. … Freelancer Howie Stalwick had this feature on another of the players who survived the walk-on tryouts last week. … Did the Times' Bud Withers put the kiss of injury on Travis Long with this feature? Just kidding. … We found this story from the Bay Area on Sekope Kaufusi.
• Around the Pac-12: The conference of quarterbacks gets some pub in the nation's capital. … Washington: With the Huskies' practice closed, Bob Condotta was able to come up with this feature on former UW running back Demitrius Bronson, now at Eastern Washington. … Oregon State: The Beavers may do something in their season opener they've never done before. … Oregon: The younger brother of a Cougar Apple Cup hero is starting at center for the Ducks. … It's the time of year when players are ready for the games to start. … California: Nothing to offer today. … Stanford: A walk-on receiver had a long detour before entering school. … Colorado: The Buffs have one really experienced tight end. … Utah: Receiver Jake Murphy has good genes. … One Ute will miss the opener vs. Montana State thanks to a DUI. … USC: The Trojans boast three receivers from one high school, where they were coached by a UCLA alum. … UCLA: As can be expected by the name, there is a little more freedom at free safety than there is at the strong spot. … Arizona State: Nothing today. … Arizona: Alex Zendejas led the Wildcats in scoring last year. This season he's the second-string kicker, having lost the job to JC transfer Jaime Salazar … Coach Mike Stoops and his team are still trying to earn respect.
• That's it for now. We're headed out to practice and will return here when we have our Sunday story done. Until then …