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Light news day around Pac-10


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My guess is Monday morning’s post will be the lightest morning one of the week throughout football season. At least it will be if the pattern established today continues. As we scoured the web for news, there were two Pac-10 schools without a presence. If my math is correct, that’s 24 percent. Read on for our morning briefing.

WSU has earned its day off


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As we wrote in our story for tomorrow’s S-R, the unedited version of which is on the post below, Sunday was a day of change. Part of it was in the level of challenges the player were asked to meet, which we examined in the story. But there were some other aspects as well. We cover those on the link.

WSU quarterback decides to transfer


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Both Sunday practices are over. We’ve got the unedited version of our S-R story on the link. It contains some news about practice and about quarterback J.T. Levenseller leaving the program. Read on.

Morning at WSU practice


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A quick post with some thoughts from the morning practice. Read on if you are interested on this beautiful Sunday morning. Me, I would rather be outside working in the yard or inside watching the PGA. But I’m here.

Sunday links prior to WSU’s two practices


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Sunday mornings are always a busy time, so let’s get right to it. There are stories galore (now that’s a word right out of the 1950s, when a certain quarterback we mention later on was playing football) about Saturday’s scrimmage, along with news from all the Pac-10 schools (and yes, we got all of them today). Read on for our morning briefing.

More from WSU’s scrimmage


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As I was sitting on a bench in Martin Stadium about 45 minutes before Saturday’s scrimmage was to start, watching Nico Grasu drilling field goals through the west goal posts, a cart drove past. In the passenger seat was former Cougar coach Jim Sweeney. In the back, former baseball coach Bobo Brayton. They were headed to the south side to watch the scrimmage. But as they passed behind the goal posts, one of Grasu’s kicks tumbled from the sky, striking inside the cart right next to Brayton and bouncing over him. It didn’t phase him at all. Read on for more from the scrimmage.

Wulff smiling after WSU scrimmage


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We’re back with the unedited version of our story from the scrimmage. Finish reading this and then check back soon because we’ll have more from the Saturday workout.

How will WSU pick a starting quarterback?


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Our first post this afternoon concerns the quarterback battle. We talked with offensive coordinator Todd Sturdy concerning what goes into the decision-making process and the story that follows is the result of those conversations. Read on for that then be patient, our story about the scrimmage will be done soon.

Give the guy a scythe


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I’m starting to feel a little like the grim reporter. After talking with Jeshua Anderson on Thursday and highlighting his improved play in my story, the junior wide receiver goes down with a hamstring injury Friday. He’s out for a few days at least. And guess who I was going to feature on the blog Friday? Freshman running back Carl Winston, who seemed to be an easy choice as the most surprising recruit. Except Winston suffered a concussion and will also miss practice for a while. So from now on I’m only writing about Cougar fans who give me a hard time. See how you like pulling a groin muscle reading SportsLink, OhioCoug733. Click the link and read the usual morning post. If you dare.

Defense, offense trade momentum at WSU


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Momentum is a funny thing. For all of Friday’s first practice and for most of the second, the Washington State offense held it. Then all of a sudden the defense grabbed it back. For more that went on Friday and what Paul Wulff is looking for out of Saturday’s scrimmage, read on.

The no-huddle is back at WSU


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It’s sometimes surprising what a difference a few months can make. If you want an example, just take a look at Washington State’s offense. Early last season the Cougars quit running the no-huddle, giving in when any chance of executing it correctly died in a blizzard of injuries. But this week they’ve run it, at times, better than at any point last year. Read on for the unedited version of my story on the revival of the offensive weapon.

Cool weather greets WSU


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The first of the day’s two practices are in the book and there were some interesting moments on the cool morning. Read on for our thoughts.

Starters start to emerge in Pac-10


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As camp winds on for Washington State, starters at many key positions have yet to be named. Such is not the case at other Pac-10 schools, including WSU’s first opponent. Read on for our usual morning post.

Pads pop as WSU moves forward


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Washington State added the pads that cover the lower half of the body Thursday, putting on all the protection for the first time. For much of the practice the Cougars stayed with the “thud” tempo. Except for an interesting segment right at the beginning of the afternoon practice. For more, read on.

Anderson making strides for WSU

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We’ll have Thursday’s practice summary up soon, but before we get to that, here’s the unedited version of our story for tomorrow, a feature on Jeshua Anderson. If you’re interested, read on.

Changes might be coming to postseason


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It seems there we’re back to the Pac-8. As we searched the web for conference news this morning, I was blindsided by the dearth of information concerning Cal and Stanford, the latter Washington State’s first opponent in less than a month. Well, there is Cougar news, and some possible bowl changes. Read on for our usual morning post.

More from WSU’s day


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We’ve got a couple of web-exclusive items for you tonight. The first is … no, we’re not telling. Hit the link if you want to find out.

Wulff returns to WSU practice


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Before we get to the summary of the afternoon practice – the morning session was covered in the post below – we have the unedited version of the story that will appear in tomorrow’s S-R. Read on.

Rain falls on WSU rookies


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The morning session, featuring mostly freshmen and sophomores, is over. As Paul Wulff said, it was mostly a teaching session, giving the guys further down the depth chart a chance to be seen getting multiple reps, because they may be needed at some point this season. Read on for more.

WSU in for a long day


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With the Cougars splitting into two squads today, it means four or five hours on the practice field for the coaches and support staff. A long day indeed. You can start it by catching up with WSU and the rest of the Pac-10 on the link in our usual morning post.

WSU in a fighting mood


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OK, I get it. Sometimes tempers flare. It’s a contact sport with big human beings and sometimes, during the course of a hot, dry practice, someone perceives someone else crossing an invisible line. OK, it happens. But five times in one practice? And not just five little flare-ups, five big ones. It’s obvious the Washington State players are taking this talk about toughness seriously. For more on that, and the rest of the day, read on.

Simmons tries to lock down WSU corner spot


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Oftentimes, when someone leaves a program, no matter the circumstances, there is a tendency to dwell on the gap left behind. But every opening is an opportunity for those football players still on the field and all it takes is one player to reach for it. In the case of the cornerback spot at WSU, seemingly hamstrung by offseason defections, the guy who has made the strongest grab is redshirt freshman Daniel Simmons. Read on for the unedited version of the story that will appear in tomorrow’s S-R.

WSU practice adds a new element today

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That new car smell is starting to fade from football practices around the Pac-10. Each team is on the field, and some, with earlier openers, are in full pads. The Washington State Cougars will add shoulder pads to their helmets today, so the hitting should ratchet up a notch. Everyone hopes that doesn’t mean a scare like the one that hit at USC yesterday. Read on for WSU and conference news.

More on WSU’s practice day


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Two days into fall practice and there are some obvious differences between this year’s team and last year’s. Some of them have been documented in the previous post. But there are others. Read on and you’ll see what we are talking about.

WSU builds on an offseason of work


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The most obvious difference with this Washington State football team and last year’s squad is definable. It’s the players’ builds. Since last December, the Cougars have put in the time to build muscle, endurance and speed. Are they where they want to be? No. But the foundation is being laid. Read on for the unedited version of our story that will appear in tomorrow’s S-R.

Fall practice in full swing


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The 2009 Washington State football season is off and sprinting, though the Cougars didn’t do much in the way of running at practice yesterday. Don’t need it because a) there is so much running at practice and b) there is so much conditioning work during the summer. Players come into camp fit, ready to practice all out from the opening horn. Wish we could say the same for us spectators. Let’s see what’s going on around the Pac-10.

WSU puts 2008 in rearview mirror


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The first practice of the 2009 season featured many of the same drills from last year. The practice structure was familiar, the pace similar. But there was a lot of differences and we’re not even talking about the absence of head coach Paul Wulff. Read on for our practice report.

WSU looks to toughen up


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We’ve finished our story for tomorrow’s S-R, the unedited version of which you can read by clicking the link. We’ll have more, a lot more, soon. But for now, read on.

Sunday morning WSU reading


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In a couple of hours, the Washington State football team will kick off the 2009 season with what is sure to be a spirited practice. There will be no hitting, of course, because the first two days the players are wearing no pads except their helmets. But there is sure to be a lot of running around, especially at the end when the coaches will find out just what type of shape the 90 or so players are in. Before we share that experience with you – no, I won’t be doing any running, those days are long gone, but I can try to put you on the field through descriptive writing – we want to share today’s news from WSU and around the Pac-10. Read on.

WSU kicks off practice in morning


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If you read the previous post, you’re pretty up-to-date with Paul Wulff’s thoughts heading into tomorrow’s opening day of fall football camp. If you didn’t, do it now. I mean it. Done? Now you can read our two unedited stories prepared for tomorrow’s S-R.