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Our last WSU football practice report


I'm tearing up a little here. This afternoon marked the last football practice for yours truly. Though WSU practices tomorrow, we're going to be in Spokane with the family. So today was the last time I had to stand out on that turf. The last time I had to brave either searing heat or teeth-rattling cold. The last time I had to deal with sun or rain or snow. They are, if you want to know, tears of joy. Read on.


• Actually, I'm going to miss it a bit. We're not going to get all sentimental (and wordy) on you now, because I'm too jaded (and lazy). Let's just say the best part of practice, and something I enjoyed again today, is listening to the interaction between the players. It keeps you young and, if you're lucky, teaches you a few new phrases or ways of stringing together certain words I can't type here. … Practice was better today, a bounce-back day as Wulff called it. A couple of starters bounced back to practice as well, including right tackle Dan Spitz and defensive end Lenard Williams. Both took part in almost every aspect of practice and Wulff said they both could be listed as probable for Saturday. With Spitz back and David Gonzales still in a boot – he is going to see if he can go tomorrow and if he can and feels OK Friday, Wulff said he would play Saturday, though right now he's doubtful – Jake Rodgers moved over the left tackle, allowing John Fullington to play inside where he's been all year. … Cornerback Daniel Simmons also practiced some today, though he still seems doubtful for Saturday. … Otherwise, every one else that was expected to practice seemed to be just fine. … One other note. Practice ended about a minute early today, as Wulff cut off the team scrimmage session when Jared Karstetter, with a defensive back draped all over him, went high to snag a bullet pass from Marshall Lobbestael. The great catch must have seemed like a good time to end it to Wulff.


• That's all for tonight. We'll be back, as usual, in the morning, even though it's a holiday. Everyone have a happy Thanksgiving and I can say, honestly, I give thanks for being able to share this daily conversation with you folks. Until later …

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