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WSU about done with Colorado prep

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No surprises from Thursday's practice, as Washington State spent the usual hour-plus fine-tuning the game plan for Saturday's game at Colorado. Read on.

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• Saturday will mark four weeks since Jeff Tuel fractured his clavicle in the opener and it could also be the final game he'll miss. Though probably not. Tuel will have another X-ray on Sunday to see if he's healed enough to carry pads. Coach Paul Wulff said again Thursday he expects Tuel to be able to suit up for practice next week, though he did not say how much Tuel would be able to do. I don't think anyone will know until Sunday's X-ray. Then Wulff, the doctors, Tuel and any other stakeholder will have to decide what the risks are and what is the best way to proceed. ... We went with the Tuel update as a way to get into Wulff's short press conference from Thursday. ... I asked him about the Colorado pass rush for my Saturday story, then asked about the running back situation and how much the ability to pass protect plays in the choice of running backs. Wulff said that it's important because, if the offense stays balanced, with 30 plays each in the run and pass game, then the backs have to be able to do their part. It's some of the reason why Rickey Galvin and Carl Winston have been playing more, as they do the best job of it. ... I also asked about Rodney Stewart being Colorado's leading receiver (by number of receptions) and if that threat worried him. The succinct answer: yes. ... Wulff said Matt Goetz will start at center as Andrew Roxas is still not 100 percent. But Roxas will make the trip and be the backup. ... Defensive end Lenard Williams will take Adam Coerper's spot in the starting lineup. ... Finally, Wulff said he's happy the Pac-12 didn't expand again and that receiver Kristoff Williams is healthy. ... Other than that, practice was pretty unexceptional other than to say Andrew Furney ended it by nailing a 55-yard field goal into the west end. ... We also pass along our feature on Colorado receiver Paul Richardson.

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• That's all we have for tonight. We'll be back in the morning with links. Until then ...




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