FROM PULLMAN — Washington State added shoulder pads to the mix on Saturday, and went for another three hours under the scorching Pullman sun. Read on for some highlights.
As usual, some personnel notes first. … Wade Jacobson missed his second consecutive practice for reasons that remain uncertain, though offensive line coach Clay McGuire said afterward that he expects Jacobson back at practice on Sunday. Another offensive lineman, Jake Rodgers, missed practice while tending to a family matter. … Cornerback Nolan Washington rode an exercise bike and didn't participate in team session. Offensive lineman Rico Forbes was limited again. He limped off the field on Thursday with an apparent foot/ankle injury of some kind. Again, Mike Leach doesn't discuss injuries. … Ray Ford was at practice as an observer again, but Leach said there are physical examinations and paperwork to process before Ford can suit up and participate. But he's on the roster and a part of the program. … Receiver Alex Jackson still hasn't practiced with the team — he was expected to get into town today after a travel mix-up — but Leach said he didn't know if he'd arrived yet. … Anyway, with shoulder pads on, things were a little more physical today. Darryl Monroe put a big hit on Andrei Lintz that had everyone hooting and hollering and such, though Lintz held onto the ball. And Eric Oertel sent a running back horizontal on a play during team session, though I didn't catch the number of the back. … There was little else of note during team session, though JC transfer Theron West had a couple of impressive runs in red-zone situations in which he juked a couple of defenders in traffic. … As you can see in the video above, Leach praised a handful of newcomers, including receivers Gabe Marks and Brett Bartolone, linebacker Justin Sagote and nose tackle Ioane Gauta. … With some afforementioned linemen unavailable, the first-team unit looked like this, from left to right: John Fullington, Matt Goetz, Elliott Bosch, Niu Sale and Dan Spitz. We focused on Sale, a JC transfer, for our story in Sunday's newspaper.
Lastly, a note about tickets. As many of you know, single-game tickets for WSU home games went on sale at 10 this morning. A school spokesman said that within 15 minutes, they'd sold 1,102 tickets, or roughly 400 more than what they sold the entire first day of availability last season (700). By 5 p.m. today, about 3,600 tickets had been sold, more than 1,200 of those for the Seattle Game on Sept. 29.
All for now.