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GU gets defensive

Back from media day earlier Monday — practice was at the Martin Centre because the floor is being re-finished at the McCarthey Athletic Center — and I took a deeper look at Gonzaga's defense, which has been steadily improving.

Since getting torched on 3s in its first three games (29 by EWU, WSU and Hawaii) and giving up 82 points to Illinois and 75 to Michigan State in GU's back-to-back losses, the Bulldogs have been solid at the defensive end. They'll need that to continue if they want to be successful at Saint Mary's on Thursday and LMU on Saturday.

Here's a link to my article on the defense that will run in Tuesday's S-R.

Also, I mentioned last week that Gonzaga was on Pitt transfer Khem Birch's list, but the 6-foot-9 forward has opted to transfer to UNLV, according to Yahoo's Jeff Eisenberg and

Shock secondary making strides

Spokane's secondary, a sore spot most of the season, has been more productive the last five games, including a three-interception performance against Philadelphia on Friday. The unit will be relied on even more with the absence of DL standout Khreem Smith, who was traded to Utah last week, as the AFL season winds down.

Losing Smith won't make the DBs' jobs easier, but they might get a few more chances to generate turnovers, if the first game minus Smith is any indication. Their challenge will be tougher when Chicago visits Saturday. The Rush have 29 turnovers this season, compared to Philadelphia's 37.

More about the secondary, Erik Meyer, an injury update and a familiar face back at practice in the weekly Shock notebook that will run in Wednesday's S-R. You can have an early look right here.

Shock ‘D’ not delivering

Spokane, masterful in winning close games in its first five seasons, is 0-3 in games decided by a touchdown or less its 1-4 start. The Shock have struggled on both sides of the ball, but the focus of my notebook that will run in Thursday's S-R was the defense.

The numbers aren't pretty, as detailed in the story link.

Defense rises up for Shock

Spokane’s defense, after a shaky start, has been stellar the last six games. Read more below.

Zag notes

I touched on a variety of subjects — the Super Bowl, GU’s defense, a health update and how closely the Bulldogs follow the national rankings — in a notebook i just filed for Tuesday’s S-R.

Read on for the unedited version.

Spokane’s defense makes a stand

Back with a feature article on Spokane’s defense, which ranks at or near the top in nearly every key statistical category in af2. Read on for the unedited version that will run in Wednesday’s S-R.

(Pictured is Ben McCombs and Caesar Rayford making a tackle on Wilkes-Barre/Scranton quarterback Ryan Vena in the team’s first meeting in July.)

Gonzaga gets defensive

All kinds of Zags’ stuff to post, with the main item an article on Gonzaga’s defense that will run in Thursday’s S-R (for that, you have to read to the bottom). This is a long one because we have to cut-and-paste, but read on.


Zags try to get back on track

An interesting day on the roads. It took about 55 minutes (normal trip 25-30) to get to Gonzaga for media day because traffic was backed up on I-90 from a vehicle spin-out near Barker Road. Later, I was stuck, briefly, in a carefully selected parking spot at NIC and, to cap off the evening, a good Samaritan with 4-wheel drive helped pull my wife’s van out of a snowbank midway up an icy hill. That was interesting.

GU coach Mark Few mentioned that he and several neighbors spent part of Saturday helping a neighbor whose barn had collapsed under the weight of the snow.

Enough of the weather. An unedited Zag notebook below. Also, Tennessee’s Wayne Chism was hurt in the Vols’ win Monday night. GU visits the Vols on Jan. 7th.

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