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Cougars get some players back


FROM PULLMAN -- It was a bit of a hectic afternoon for yours truly. A meeting with athletic director Bill Moos took my attention away from practice for 15 minutes or so, but we do have some notes from the rest of it. Read on.


Why the meeting with Moos? Well, you'll have to wait until our story runs in the newspaper tomorrow to find out. But it has to do with the next phase of the Martin Stadium renovations, and why it can't be presented for approval just yet. The short answer: 11th-hour deals between the Pac-12 Networks and potential distributors such as DirecTV and Dish Network. ...

... Anyway, there were a few players doing more at practice today than they had been. Receivers Kristoff Williams and Isiah Myers participated after being held out for varying times over the past few days. Williams hadn't practiced in quite a while, but he got some work in today, staying after practice to catch fade routes in the end zone. ... Didn't see offensive lineman Matt Goetz at practice, though it is admittedly hard to see some of those numbers from the elevator tower. Still, Wade Jacobson played left guard with the No. 1 offensive line, with Jake Rodgers sliding over to right guard and Dan Spitz playing right tackle. John Fullington (left tackle) and Elliott Bosch (center) remained in their usual spots. ...

... This is the time of year when practices become as routine as the days of the week. It's a time for scout work and game-plan installation, with the No. 1 offense working against scout defenders and the No. 1 defense working against scout-team offensive players. Austin Apodaca is running the scout-team offense this week, likely because his mobility is the closest thing they have to simulating the fleet-footedness of BYU quarterback Riley Nelson. ...

... LB Darren Markle and DT Justin Clayton were among a group of players who did conditioning drills on Rogers Field during practice. CB Ray Ford still isn't participating in practice. Neither is DL Lenard Williams, though Xavier Cooper seems to be slowly working his way back. LB Eric Oertel appears ready to go, as does WR Gino Simone after taking a nasty hit from Deone Bucannon last week. ... Moritz Christ has moved from the offensive line to the defensive line, going the way of Niu Sale. Joe Salave'a said afterward that he doesn't want to force big, strong players to play one position, wanting to give them an opportunity to earn their way onto the field any way they can. ... Taylor Taliulu is still playing with the No. 1 defense at safety, though defensive coordinator Mike Breske said he hasn't decided if the freshman will start the opener at BYU.

That's all for now.

Christian Caple can be reached at Twitter: @ChristianCaple

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