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A quick WSU morning post

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Much, much easier today. The computer seemed to nearly fly across the World Wide Net, landing softly on each website and loading faster than a UPS guy on Dec. 23rd. So we have your morning report in a timely manner. Yahoo. Read on.

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• Washington State: Enough quarterback drama from Pullman for you? Would you like me to add some more? No? OK then, I won't give you my thoughts on what will happen Saturday. Now you've got to beg. ... We had a story about yesterday's happenings concerning "How Jeff Tuel's Shoulder Turns." We also had a feature on the opponent's quarterback, Andrew Luck, who may just be hoisting the Heisman Trophy in a couple months. ... What, now you want me to pass along on my view of WSU's quarterback situation? OK. On Wednesday morning I said I would bet Marshall Lobbestael would start. Yesterday I was 50/50 between he and Tuel. This morning? I've gone the other way. My feeling is if the Cougars win the toss and take the ball, which is their track record this season, Jeff Tuel will trot out to take the first snap – and Martin Stadium will erupt. The emotional lift should be worth a few points, shouldn't it? After all, football is a game of emotion. But will Tuel be perfect? Maybe. But you have to remember, other than a handful of plays against Idaho State, he hasn't really played a football game since the Apple Cup last season. It's been nearly 11 months. If he doesn't go 34 for 35 for 478 yards, cut him a break. It's been a while. By the way, Stanford is seventh in the nation and its defense leads the Pac-12 in three of the four main categories. Still, Tuel has proven with his play the past two years, he's the most gifted of WSU's quarterbacks and deserves to be on the field. ... Back to the links. ... Freelancer Howie Stalwick asks three seniors five questions.

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• Around the Pac-12: ESPN.com's Ted Miller tells us what we didn't know. ... Bud Withers has his picks for the week. ... Washington: Quarterback Keith Price may have his hands full with Colorado's blitzes. ... Oregon State: Running back Malcolm Agnew is probable for the game vs. BYU. ... Oregon: A couple guys who are crucial for the Duck defense, one in the lineup, the other third string. ... California: The Bears fall flat on the grass of AT&T Park, losing 30-9 to USC. Their biggest problems is turnovers, with quarterback Zach Maynard throwing three interceptions. But all is not lost for Cal. ... Stanford: The Cardinal like to run a the wildcat occasionally, and their defense always likes to end drives on a positive note. ... Colorado: One Buff shares a few Hurricane Katrina stories. ... Utah: The Pitt running game will give the Utes a challenge like none other. ... USC: Though the Trojans ended up winning rather handily, their lack of a killer instinct showed to one writer. ... UCLA: What Nelson Rosario did against the Cougars, the Bruin coaches want each week. ... Arizona State: Running back Deantre Lewis, shot in the offseason, will redshirt. ... Arizona: Recruiting, whether it be for a new coach or for players, takes center stage in Tucson for a while.

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• That's all for this morning. The Cougars, along with all the NCAA Division 1 men's basketball teams, begin real practice today – they have been doing drills and spending some gym time together for weeks. We'll be at the Midnight Mayhem event tonight and will have a story for tomorrow's paper – and a post for late tonight. Until then ...




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