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Career over for WSU’s Daniels


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Some news on the LeAndre Daniels front and it’s not good. The sophomore defensive back has a C1 neck fracture and is not only done for the season, his football career is over. According to the school, Daniels’ injury, while it won’t interfere with his normal day-to-day life, makes it unsafe for him to play football anymore. He will wear a halo collar, like former quarterback Gary Rogers wore, for 8 to 10 weeks, then a decision will be made on any possible surgery. Daniels redshirted as a freshman and started the first two games of 2009 before suffering a broken leg and missing the rest of the season. WSU coach Paul Wulff seemed heartbroken when I talked with him a few minutes ago, saying “my heart goes out to LeAndre.” Daniels was hurt during practice last week, but the injury didn’t seem all that serious. He was x-rayed and nothing was found. He seemed to be getting better at first, then, after a day of exercise, his neck hurt again. More tests were done and the fracture discovered. After long discussions with spine specialists, the decision was made to terminate his career. Daniels will remain on scholarship throughout his stay at WSU.

Lessons from WSU’s final scrimmage


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The smoke has cleared – literally and figuratively – around the Washington State football program after last night’s final scrimmage of the fall. What have the Cougars learned? And what have we learned about the Cougars? Read on.

WSU hits goals in scrimmage


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The last dress rehearsal before Washington State starts getting ready for its opener at Oklahoma State went pretty much as coach Paul Wulff hoped. Some starters played, some rested, some plays were made on both sides of the ball and no one was seriously hurt. We have more, including our story, so read on.

WSU secondary young but experienced


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Before we head out to the Washington State scrimmage – 7 p.m. in Martin Stadium – we wanted to pass on our preview of the secondary. Read on.

Scrimmage may be wind-aided


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What’s left to say? It’s going to be hot today, with a Sahara-like wind expected to be blowing. Those things usually pick up right around sundown, right? Well that’s about when Washington State should be finishing up its full-contact scrimmage in Martin Stadium, its last before next week’s opener. Wonder if the wind will play havoc with the ball? Read on for notes and links.

WSU will hold late scrimmage


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A quick post for tonight, but it is filled with notes and news. And our look at the special teams. Read on.

Morning links, morning thoughts from WSU


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As the days melt away before Washington State’s Sept. 4 opener at Oklahoma State, the position battles begin to work themselves out. We finished up our offensive previews today with a look at the running backs and it seems the 11 starters on that side of the ball are pretty set. For more on that, and our links, read on.

• UPDATE: Expect the basketball schedule to be officially released soon. The Cougars open with Southern University in Pullman Nov. 13, then host Idaho on Nov. 16. … The Seattle game is Nov. 23 vs. the University of Portland, followed by a trip to Fresno State on Nov. 26. … No game in the Tri-Cities this year, but there is a non-conference game with Texas Pan American in Spokane Dec. 10. … The Kansas State game is Dec. 3 in Pullman (the Apple Cup is Dec. 4), the Gonzaga game will be the next week, Dec. 8, in Pullman. … The Cougars will also be gone for a few weeks over Christmas, playing at Santa Clara Dec. 19, then heading over to Hawaii for the Diamond Head Classic on Dec. 22, 23 and 25 before jetting to LA for the opening of the Pac-10 season Dec. 29 and 31 against UCLA and USC, respectively. Both games against the Huskies, Jan. 30 and Feb. 27, are on Sundays. We’ll have more later.

After short break, WSU back at it


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An interesting day at Washington State’s football practice. Not much was what I expected. It was hotter than, well, hotter than it’s been the past couple days. And there was some heat on the field. After a slow start, the intensity picked up and the practice featured some hard hits and fast-paced action. Read on for more and our preview of the running backs.

WSU gets back at it


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A good day to get back into a practice routine. With school now in full swing, Washington State will slide into its usual practice schedule this afternoon, hitting Rogers Field just before 4 p.m. for a full-pad practice. Before that happens, spend your morning catching up with what’s going on at WSU and around the Pac-10 by just clicking to the next page.

WSU’s offensive line holds the key


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No notes tonight because there was no practice today. But we do have a story for tomorrow’s paper, which you can read now if you wish. Read on.

Monday morning WSU links


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While the Washington State players are enjoying their day off from football – and their day on with classes, though I’m not sure “enjoying” would be the correct word here – we will enjoy a restful day of yard work. Home is where the blisters are. Anyhow, before we go there, a few links and notes, so read on.

School starts at WSU tomorrow


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The morning practice wasn’t too intense as Washington State took the field on a cool, cloudy day – it actually sprinkled for a bit – in shorts, T-shirts and helmets. There were a few team drills, but no hitting. When it was over, coach Paul Wulff told the Cougars to enjoy their afternoon and start the school year off right. We have more, so read on.

Sunday morning WSU links and notes


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Once more into the breach. Or at least out to the practice field. Washington State will hold its final practice of the work week at 8:30 this morning, then have time off until 4 p.m. Tuesday. It’s almost like a vacation. Of course there is little things like the first classes in between, but what the hay. They won’t be hitting each other. For more on what’s been going on in Pullman, around the Pac-10 and in Stillwater, read on.

Saturday finally over at WSU


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With school starting on Monday, a morning scrimmage already in the books, and the afternoon filled with a National Lentil Festival parade appearance, Washington State’s afternoon practice wasn’t strenuous. In fact, it was more a mental drill than a physical one. The Cougars’ 90-minute workout was filled with technique and special teams work. For more, read on.

Offense has fun in WSU scrimmage


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Late this week, Washington State coach Paul Wulff decided to turn the early Saturday workout into a scrimmage. He must have known the offense was ready. Because it didn’t matter whether it was the ones or twos, in this one the Cougar offense won the day. Read on for more.

WSU ready for morning scrimmage


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It is a scrimmage day in Pullman – and around the Pac-10. For Washington State, today’s 8:30 a.m. scrimmage in Martin Stadium is a change on the schedule, as this morning’s workout – the Cougars will also practice this afternoon after an appearance in the Lentil Festival parade – was originally scheduled as a practice. We have more on that and news from around the conference, so read on.

WSU players ready for a change


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It’s time to get to the games it seems. Though the opener is still two weeks away – to jog your memory, Washington State will travel to Stillwater to take on Oklahoma State on Sept. 4 – the Cougars are starting to get a little tired of hitting each other. A different jersey color would be nice. More than halfway through the designated 29 practices prior to the opener, Paul Wulff talks about where the Cougars are and where they need to be. We have that and more on the link, so read on.

WSU builds depth at running back


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We’re back in the Northwest and ready to get back into the swing of Washington State football practice. We kept the links up through the magic of modern technology – aren’t these internet machines groovy? – but now we get to use our eyeballs again. Before we get to that point, we have a chance to catch up with yesterday’s two practices, which includes our coverage from WSU beat writer emeritus Steve Bergum. Read on.

Wet and wild day at WSU


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What a day it was in West Coast college athletics yesterday. Not a lot of it directly concerned Washington State, but, because there are always ripples when a boulder hits a pond, the Mountain West vs. Western Athletic conference spat might just have some effect around the Inland Northwest soon. Read on for more on that and the Cougars playful end to a hot practice.

Another day, another WSU post


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We weren’t supposed to be back on here until Friday, but, thanks to a little nudge from the guy that matters, we are. So you won’t miss your report from Washington State football practice, or your information from around the conference. Read on.

WSU ready to return to practice


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Washington State gets back to work today after their first day off of the fall. The Cougars will go through another two-a-day, with practice starting at 8:30 this morning. The second will be at 3:30 this afternoon. Before they get underway, we have some news for you, so read on.

The start-your-week WSU links


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It’s Monday morning, which means many of you are going back to work after a more-than-likely fun weekend. For the Washington State football players, it means a day off, their first since fall practice started nine days ago. For us writers, it means the same thing, though first we have to get through this morning assignment. Make one click and you’ll find the usual assortment of links, though it will be a little thinner than usual. Sunday was a day of rest among much of the Pac-10. Read on.

Sunday finally done for WSU


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The second day of two-a-days is over and the Washington State Cougars are over across the road having dinner. The group seemed a little hungrier in the afternoon session then they did in the morning, especially the offensive group. We have more on that and a quick look at the cornerback position, a spot with a lot more depth this year. So, if you’re inclined, read on.

One practice down for WSU


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A quick post after Washington State’s first practice today appears on the link. We have updates on injuries and other items, so read on.

Looking back at Pac-10 scrimmages


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Just call Saturday “first-scrimmage day” around the Pac-10 Conference. Many of the schools held their inaugural scrimmage of the season, and everyone that did talked about how much time they had to work on the flaws before the season’s first game. But that time will pass quickly. Washington State will put away two of its remaining practices today, starting at 8:30 in the morning. We’ll be there. But before we head out, we put together a group of Sunday morning links for you, so read on.

Defense makes big plays in WSU scrimmage


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We said this morning that today’s scrimmage was like a midterm exam. It won’t kill the final grade but it was a good way to judge what needs to be worked on. It’s over now and the film will show … well, you have to read on to find out just what, and access our story.

Counting down to WSU’s first game


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Three weeks from today, the Washington State Cougars will take the field against Oklahoma State to start the 2010 season. After a week of practice, the Cougars will see where they’re at today when they take the Martin Stadium field for a 2 p.m. scrimmage. We’ll be there. We’ll be here afterward. Between then and now, we have links and notes. Read on.

WSU players’ thoughts on two-a-days


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A long day got a bit longer after practice as we waited for some weightlifting to get done before interviews. But with the first of five two-a-days in the books, we have some more notes and our story on the link. Read on.

First practice over for WSU


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The first of two practices today has ended and we have some notes about what occurred out at Rogers Field. Read on.

Early morning greets WSU football


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So this is what 5:30 in the morning looks like now. It’s a lot darker than I remember it from just a few weeks ago. We’re up at this ungodly hour to make sure we can get through the links and notes before we head off to today’s 8:30 practice. It’s the first of two Washington State will go through today, one of five two-a-days scheduled over the next week or so. Given the early hour, and the fact WSU left the practice field just more than 12 hours ago, it will be interesting to check out the intensity level. If you want to check out the links we’ve come up with in the past hour, read on.