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 ...