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Some new Cougars

Washington State's roster was updated yesterday to include the walk-ons that joined the team when classes started. There are plenty of new names to file away in case one of them turns into an Elliot Bosch or Luke Falk and contributes for the Cougars.

One of the more intriguing additions is quarterback Andrew Reding. We didn’t Redding at practice yesterday, but at 6-foot-6, 240 pounds he'll be hard to miss when he shows up. Defensive lineman Jacob Laird was another newcomer who we couldn't find.

On the offensive line Mack Hopkins may already be wearing a yellow "limited" jersey, but with a name like that you can't help but hope he contributes someday. Austin Hall and Thomas Hearns will help fill out both scout teams apparently, Hall is listed as a RB/DB and Hearns will give the Cougars a fullback when he's not playing linebacker.

Receiver Dewan Lee Thompson made a nice catch against the defensive regulars yesterday. The Cougars are also listing him as a possible defensive back.

Of all the newcomers, the most likely to eventually see the field on game day appears to be Reggie Coates, a transfer from Nevada. We have more on Coates in yesterday's practice report and our usual slate of links is after the jump.

*Note: We'll be having our weekly live chat to discuss WSU football today at 11 a.m.

-- USC vs. Stanford, UCLA's offensive line struggles and Washington's starting quarterback highlight our weekly Pac-12 notebook.

-- Bud Withers has some more notes from the Pac-12 coaches teleconference.

-- My Pac-12 picks are out and I'm picking a WSU win. Of course, based on last week's results maybe the Cougars would fare better if I hadn't.

-- CougCenter.com looks back at how the WSU defense performed against Rutgers.

-- Washington's opponent may be FCS, but the Eagles of Eastern are no underdogs.

-- Arizona's Jarvis McCall overcame his pregame jitters and played well.

-- Arizona State's freshmen running backs are hoping to get more carries this week.

-- California finally won a meaningful game, now coach Sonny Dykes is worried the Golden Bears will get big heads.

-- The Buffaloes need to bounce back against UMass.

-- Oregon's tight ends want to improve, but just getting healthy is a start.

-- Oregon State is hoping for a boost from its ground game.

-- Stanford won't have to wait to find out how it will fare against the conference's best teams this season.

-- UCLA's coaches have no trouble getting access to recruits at Valencia High.

-- Steve Sarkisian has no desire to revisit last year's verbal joust with David Shaw.

-- Kaelin Clay would love another year at Utah. He may not need it.




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Jacob Thorpe
Sports reporter Jacob Thorpe covers Washington State University athletics. He also contributes to the SportsLink Blog.







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