The Cougars are done with their first Apple Cup week practice and the people missing made for some interesting combinations. Read on.
• We got a bit wet tonight and I blame Deone Bucannon. The Cougars had switched their Monday night practices to the indoor facility recently but last week, in that nice warm building with the god-awful turf, Bucannon rolled his ankle. So this week, the practice was moved outside. OK, the injury wasn't the only reason – there are also some drills you really can't do in the bubble – but we're sticking with that one. … Getting back to what happened on the practice field, the biggest holes tonight were on the offensive line, with three starting tackles watching practice and not participating. One was Wade Jacobson, who has been out a while and has already had back surgery. His replacement, Dan Spitz, who missed last week's game with a sprained ankle, is still not ready to practice, though he was out of his boot and in tennis shoes. So Jake Rodgers was in that spot again. On the other side, David Gonzales had his right ankle in a boot, having rolled it near the end of the Utah game. Without him, the Cougars had to get creative. Sophomore left guard John Fullington, who played tackle all last year, moved out to tackle and senior center Andrew Roxas played left guard. Talking with coach Paul Wulff afterward, he said both Spitz and Gonzales are expected back Wednesday, so Monday's group was more of a stop-gap measure just in case. … The quarterback position was manned by Marshall Lobbestael for a large majority of the snaps – Wulff said he hadn't seemed to miss a beat – and David Gilbertson for a few – Wulff's view was Gilbertson did very well considered how few snaps he's taken this season. … Isiah Barton was at practice but on crutches, with the slot receiver snaps split between Bobby Ratliff, Gino Simone, Bennett Bontemps, Henry Eaddy and Isiah Myers. The Cougars use four receivers often so there has to be a large group ready to go. … Rickey Galvin took it easy tonight. … On the other side of the ball Bucannon was running with the ones to start but didn't take a lot of snaps, wanting to save his still -tender ankle. … Toni Pole, who missed the game Saturday for his grandfather's funeral, was back. … Adam Coerper had his left leg in a brace – he hurt his right knee earlier – but said his knee felt better and was hoping to try to play Saturday. In his place – and Lenard Williams, also sidelined with a knee – was redshirt sophomore Matthew Bock. … We have our first look at Washington and an update on Connor Halliday, who is out of the ICU and may leave the hospital tomorrow.
• That's all for tonight. We'll be back in the morning. Until later …