A sampling from the past week of posts in the S-R blog SportsLink at spokesman.com/ sportslink.
2: Last year, Gonzaga opened the WCC with four consecutive home games.
Thursday: Who will become the No. 1 goaltender? Whose offensive game will blossom to fill the void of departed Mitch Holmberg and Mike Aviani? What defensive players will step in after Reid Gow and Jeremy McIntosh decided to step away from hockey? These and other questions are on the minds of Spokane Chiefs fans as the Western Hockey League season approaches. Thursday was the initial step, the first day of camp.
Tuesday: “Thursday Night Football” itself was pretty fun since most of the players haven’t been playing college football long enough to limit mistakes that lead to big plays.
Perhaps the most telling moments were big hits by Teondray Caldwell, who recently converted to safety from running back, and Jeff Farrar, who has only had two practices in pads. Caldwell laid out receiver John Thompson, who heard footsteps and dropped the ball just before the safety sent him backwards, to the delight of his new defensive mates. Farrar’s big hit came against Marks, who held onto the ball.
“They haven’t been here for too long so to see them bounce around and play decisively early, that’s pretty good,” WSU coach Mike Leach said.