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Mon., March 7, 2011, 8:01 p.m.

WSU opens spring practice


It was hard to get into football mode this afternoon. Hard? Crud, it was darn near impossible. The snow helped, as it gave practice a November feel. But otherwise, we were still in our basketball state of mind. No matter what, though, we have some notes for you. But if we use the word dribble, travel or foul, you'll know why. Read on.


• We put together a story detailing the first day, which included a practice in helmets and no other pads. (When we get the link, we'll put it up.) That didn't stop the Cougars from doing some team sessions, which showed off the skills of new guys like Xavier Cooper, Ian Knight, Isiah Myers and Henry Eaddy. Speaking of the latter two, they are part of a group of receivers that assistant Mike Levenseller thinks has a chance to be the deepest in school history. Right now there might be 10 guys Levenseller wouldn't hesitate to put on a field. That's deep. ... There were about 10 guys unavailable today due to a variety of injuries, including Travis Long (shoulder), Jordan Pu'u Robonson (knee), Jared Byers (knee), Arthur Burns (wrist), Brandon Golden (torn pectoral muscle), Daniel Simmons and Alex Reitnouer. Also, the Selby brothers, Lucas and Jacob, are running track. And Louis Bland is suspended. ... Last note. Once again, Rickey Galvin looked impressive. He's the breakaway runner WSU hasn't had in a while. His health may be crucial for the health of the running game in the fall. ... The Cougars may have a familiar face as the offensive graduate assistant in the fall after last year's GA, Sheldon Cross, left for a full-time assistant position. It's not official yet, but it looks as if former center Kenny Alfred may fill the position. Alfred was at practice Monday and we chatted a bit. ... One link and it's from's Ted Miller. It's on spring ball at WSU.


• That's it for tonight. We're catching an early flight tomorrow. Until then ...

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