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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.

Cougars get a Nevada transfer

We got updated rosters today that include the new walk-ons and one of the players stood out above the rest. Reggie Coates  has transferred to Washington State from Nevada, the Cougars' opponent this week, and the 6-foot, 246 pound linebacker is listed as a redshirt junior.

We have more on Coates and the rest of WSU's practice after the jump.

Halliday’s leadership on full display

One of the best things to come out of Thursday night's loss was the image of quarterback Connor Halliday rallying the Cougars on the sideline. In the past Halliday has lost his cool, not without reason, but the result is almost never positive.

This offseason there was a change in Halliday that I've noticed in conversations and interviews with the quarterback, and it's a change that reporters who I have a lot of respect for have remarked on as well. Call it poise, maturity, or whatever, Halliday just seems in control. In control of the offense, in control of his answers and in control of his temper.

It's a change his coaches and teammates have noticed as well, and it's the subject of today's Washington State notebook. We also have our Pac-12 power rankings for week two. Oregon held firm at the top, beyond that the conference had more movements than a Wagner opera.

We've also rustled up some links from around the conference and placed them after the jump.

Cyrus Coen returns to the practice field

Mitch Peterson did a yeoman's job against Rutgers in place of starting Sam linebacker Cyrus Coen. He didn't shy away from the moment and collected 16 tackles against a power team that tested him time and again.

Still, you'd rather have your starter in there, which is why Coen's return to contact on Monday was such a welcome sight for the Cougars.

“He's really improved over the last year,” said coach Mike Leach when asked about Coen. “He's always kind of a tough, hard-nosed guy but he's had a great camp, had a great camp. The biggest place he improved is he's gotten to a place where he plays pass coverage really well.”

Our report from Monday's practice is after the jump.

Another game week begins

It's Monday and that means the start official start of the Spokesman Review's game week. The Cougars have been thinking about this game since the last one, but we start looking ahead with our weekly First Look at WSU's opponent.

The Cougars have just a few more days in Pullman before heading to Reno, Nevada to take on the Wolf Pack. Picking up the season's first win will be a challenge for Washington State, which opens as a three-point favorite over Nevada.

We have more links after the jump.

They aren’t who you thought they were

What's the most predictable thing about college football? It's the unpredictability. Jameis Winston hardly looked like a Heisman Trophy winner while defending champion Florida State eked out a win over Oklahoma State, West Virginia gave Alabama all it could handle and who knew Marshawn Lynch played for Georgia?

My sincere apologies to anyone who placed money based on my Pac-12 picks for week one. We may print my cell phone number, but there's a reason we don't print my home address.

Follow the jump for links from around this crazy, messed up conference.

Sebastian LaRue back at practice

The Cougars held practice for about an hour tonight. There wasn't much worth noting – some punt drills, lots of scout team work at half speed – except for the return of one Sebastian LaRue, who has been away from the team because of family matters since the middle of fall camp.

After practice we talked to defensive coordinator Mike Breske for the first time since before the Rutgers game.

More on practice after the jump.

Quotes from Mike Leach press conference

Washington State will play another weekday game this week, traveling to Reno, Nevada to take on the Wolf Pack. Because the schedule is still off the Cougars held their typical Monday press conference today.

 

A transcription of coach Mike Leach's interview is after the jump.

Saturday morning Pac-12 links

Some teams still play their games on Saturday and without a Washington State game it's the perfect opportunity to spend a day on the couch flipping between two or three matchups. The Cougars will hold their weekly press availability today so keep an eye out for some WSU news and the team will practice tonight.

Links are after the jump.

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Morning after links

Washington State overcame an early deficit to take a solid lead against Rutgers in Seattle yesterday, but was unable to sustain it, eventually falling 41-38.

Links from that game and from around the Pac-12 are after the jump.

One more day to Cougar football

Today is the last day of Washington State's offseason. We'll wrap it up today with a live WSU football chat right here on SportsLink at 11 a.m.

Until then we have some links, after the jump.

The end of the Seattle game

Bill Moos had a full day in Seattle yesterday, promoting Washington State athletics as part of Seattle Week leading up to Thursday's game against Rutgers. He did radio, television, and even stopped by the Seattle Times for a live chat.

It may be the last time Moos does this for a while. While he says that he still will stump for WSU in Seattle, he won't send his football team there any longer unless it's for an Apple Cup.

That's the main item in today's WSU notebook.

More links are after the jump.

No LaRue at WSU’s practice

Tomorrow will be a Thursday Night Football underclassmen scrimmage, Wednesday will be a walk-through and travel day and on Thursday the Cougars open the season in Seattle against Rutgers.

So, today was the last “typical” day of practice, complete with drills, more drills, some passing drills and even the far-off echoes of electric drills from last year's constant construction reverberating around the Palouse.

Our practice report is after the jump.

A different sort of Monday

Today's the first Monday of the 2014 WSU football season, but don't expect the usual press conference. Because the Cougars play on Thursday, they're considering today a Wednesday.

Confused? So are we. But hey, we can look forward to Thursday Night Football tomorrow.

Links after the jump.

Singleton and Ware off the WSU roster

Washington State just finished up a two-and-one-half hour practice on Rogers Field, their last in full pads before opening the season against Rutgers in Seattle. There were some roster changes today.

For starters, Dylan Hanser is now No. 43, Darryl Paulo is No. 99 and Peyton Pelluer is No. 47, so mark that down somewhere. Of more interest to you, in all likelihood, was the omission of freshmen Barry Ware and Deion Singleton from today's roster.

Singleton, a defensive back, and Ware, a receiver, never joined the team after signing letters of intent with WSU back in February. However, both were listed on the roster and coach Mike Leach said early in fall camp that he expected them to join the Cougars at some point.

Singleton is a plus athlete who could potentially have contributed at either corner or safety. Ware originally committed to UCLA and at 6-foot-3, 205 pounds has great size for a receiver. Here is what Leach had to say about each when they signed:

(Ware) “Big target, great receiver skills both physical and explosive.”

(Singleton) “Tall, rangy secondary player. Can do a lot of things and just an incredible athlete. His brother plays Arena Football there in the Tri-Cities.”


Classes start tomorrow, however, and neither has enrolled at WSU, likely prompting the removal of their names from the roster. That's not to say that they'll never play for WSU, however, just that they almost certainly won't this season. The players could greyshirt and enroll in January like Hanser, Marcellus Pippins and Nick Begg did last season. They could also go the junior college route. However, in either scenario Singleton and Ware will no longer be bound to WSU by their letter of intent, opening the door for other schools to recruit them.

Leach said after practice that he was unsure if he could comment on their absence, but “we're only worried about the guys that are here.”

Follow the jump for a report from today's practice.

Pac-12 morning links: Now it’s WSU’s turn

Eastern Washington kicked off the college football season in style yesterday with a fun win over visiting Sam Houston State. With that game out of the way, all eyes on this side of the state will be on the Cougars, who are just a few days away from their own season-opener against Rutgers.

Links are after the jump.

Pac-12 morning links: Nugent remains undefeated

So, about that new Washington State soccer complex … the lights work, so does the drainage system. All the new equipment got a workout last night thanks to some pouring rain and lightning storms that pushed back new WSU soccer coach Steve Nugent's debut by nearly three hours.

But the Cougars ops guys really wanted to make this game against TCU happen and they pulled it off with just 10 minutes to spare before the mandatory cancellation time.

It's a good thing they did because the Cougars won handily. Here's our story in today's paper on the WSU victory.

Pac-12 links are after the jump.

Pac-12 morning links: The offensive line carries a heavy burden

Mike Leach says that the offensive line is the most important offensive unit no matter what scheme you run. That's especially true for Leach's Cougars, who will rely on a young offensive line to protect Connor Halliday, the only quarterback on the roster who has ever played in a college game.

That's the story of today's position preview. More links are after the jump.

One more week

Eastern Washington kicks off the college football season in just a couple days and we're only one week away from Cougar football. So what better time to preview the college football season? Are we really starting a new season, however? Or just starting the game-playing portion of a season that never stops? In the paper today our college football preview looks at 24/7/365 enterprise that is college football.

That and more are after the jump.

Give the defensive line a break

Destiny Vaeao, Toni Pole and Xavier Cooper probably won't play as much for Washington State this season, and that's a good thing. Why it's a good thing is the subject for our story in today's paper.

More links after the jump.

*We'll be holding our weekly live WSU football chat today at 11 a.m.

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