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Weather Vegas-lite at WSU

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The temperature is rising as we move toward Saturday, with the high that day expected to be in the low 90s. Wonder how the guys from UNLV, where the temperature is expected to hit 102 degrees tomorrow, will adjust to the cool weather? We have more from practice, so read on.

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• The offense seemed to function a bit crisper today, running the ball better and Marshall Lobbestael seeming more comfortable in his role as the starting quarterback. Asked about it, Paul Wulff seemed pleased. "In practice we've done some good things," he said. "Like anything, our whole offense has to execute on Saturday, but at practice, they've done some good things." ... Whether redshirt freshman Connor Halliday will play some QB Saturday has not been decided, according to Wulff. "It's hard to say right now," he said. "We're going in with Marshall and that's the plan. If something dictates for us to play Connor, one way or the other, then he'll play." ... We traced Lobbestael's journey from a redshirt freshman to fifth-year senior who has to hold the fort (his phrase) until Jeff Tuel's return in this feature for tomorrow's S-R. ... The running game seems sharper, with everyone from Logwone Mitz to Marcus Mason showing flashes. I wondered if it was the running backs' play or efficiency up front. "It's all of them," Wulff said. "The line is working better together the more they work together. The competition right now at running back, hey, those guys have to play real well if they're going to get carries, or someone else is going to do it." ... The stomach virus that has been going around – it's not the flu, but a virus that is intestinal in nature – hit a few more players today, including cornerback Daniel Simmons who had to leave practice. Missing today included lineman Dan Spitz, defensive end Lenard Williams, lineman Rico Forbes, kicker Alex Gauper, cornerback Damante Horton and linebacker Mike Ledgerwood. "It's a little frustrating, we've had a lot of guys missing practice," Wulff said. "It's never a good time, in season, to go through the flu, period. But our guys are getting back, the ones that are getting sick, are generally getting over it in 24 hours, so that's a good thing." ...

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• That's it for tonight. We'll be back in the morning with our usual menu of links. Until then ...




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