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WSU set for San Diego State

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Washington State coach Paul Wulff met with the media for the final time before Saturday's game at San Diego State, then led the Cougars through a practice Thursday afternoon. For more, read on.

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• We had a few questions for Wulff, the first of which had to do with Ronnie Hillman, the subject of our story in tomorrow's S-R. He's part of an offense that includes a power-armed quarterback and some speed at the wideouts. ... Asked about the travel and the atmosphere and if any of it worried Wulff. He said that most of the team has been through this before, so no, not really. Though, for the first time since he's been in Pullman, the staff had to make some hard choices to reach the 70 limit they can take on the road. In the past, there was enough room to take a few redshirts and get them acclimated. Might not be the case this year. ... Wulff was asked about the main injuries, defensive tackle Toni Pole and center Andrew Roxas. Wulff said Pole was probable and that he would practice Thursday (he did). Roxas, Wulff said, was doubtful. Later, after Wulff explained how San Diego State's defense tries to screw up line calls with late movement and a lot of interchangeable parts among the linebackers and safeties, I asked if that made it even worse to lose your starting center. Wulff said he has faith in Taylor Meighen and if he has to step in for Andrew Roxas, he's sure he'll do fine. ... Other than that, Wulff covered more on the San Diego defense, how it's better to have a fifth-year quarterback than a freshman playing a team like SDSU and how the Aztec offense likes to use play action to free up the passing game. ... Practice was typical of a Thursday, with players not in pads and the majority of the time spent locking down the game plan on offense, defense and special teams. ... The Cougars will workout in Martin Stadium early in the morning, then take their flight to San Diego. A short walk-through at Qualcomm will precede their evening in the hotel.

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• That's all we have for tonight. We head out early tomorrow, will put together our morning post in SeaTac and be in San Diego tomorrow afternoon. Until later ...




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