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A light WSU, Pac-10 morning


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Since I’ve been doing this morning post, I’ve never seen the web so lacking in Pac-10 news. Or had more trouble getting out on it in the first place. I’m using my backup connection because the high speed isn’t working. Weird. Anyhow, found some stuff, so read on.

More from WSU’s practice


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OK, so the big news is on the previous post. We have some more on the decision to give Kevin Lopina the start and play Marshall Lobbestael some as well on the link. We also have some other news on the starting spots. Read on.

Lopina will start for WSU vs. Stanford


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Just came from the practice field. Paul Wulff announced after practice that Kevin Lopina would take the first snaps at quarterback Saturday against Stanford but that Marshall Lobbestael will play as early as the third possession. Wulff said both players deserved a shot to show what they can do on the field because of their play in fall camp. Will be back in a little while with more.

• UPDATE: On the link is the unedited version of my story for tomorrow’s S-R. Read on.

Day off doesn’t mean no WSU news


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With Washington State taken off yesterday, except for having a bunch of pictures shot and signing autographs at the FanFest, there’s little in the way of Cougar news on the web. But don’t despair. There is some, plus a trivia note from the WSU sports information office. And lots of junk on the conference. Read on.

Looking back at WSU’s fall camp


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Our season preview, the unedited version of which you can read on the post below, dwelt with an esoteric subject, measuring success. This post, which you can read on the link, is more down-to-earth. I wanted to look at a couple of position battles and let you know what each participants has going for themselves. And I wanted to summarize the surprises, positive and negative, from the past three weeks. Interested? Read on.

What constitutes success for WSU?


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One more week until Washington State’s 2009 football season begins. What’s going to happen? Who knows. We decided to ask coach Paul Wulff and some of the more experienced players what needs to happen for the season to be considered a success. What follows is the unedited story we put together for Sunday’s S-R. Read on.

Mock coverage of WSU, Pac-10


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We hate to admit it, but we made a mistake last night. We should have referred to what we termed WSU’s “scrimmage” as a “mock game.” That seems to be all the rage around the country right now. It’s the hot term for a controlled environment in which the players do everything they would do in a game except get yelled at by the opponent’s crowd. Because there is no opponent, only teammates. Which makes a mockery of the game part. Oh well, we have links to coverage of WSU’s scrimmage – yes, we’ve decided we like that term better – and to other news from around the Pac-10.

More on WSU’s scrimmage


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We covered quite a bit in my story on the previous link, so you’re pretty well in the know. But we have some other things to pass on. If you want to know, read on.

No QB decision after last WSU scrimmage


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The final act of fall camp occurred Friday afternoon. A scrimmage that featured hitting but no tackling. Some players were held out, some players who had not been practicing suited up and ran off to the side (hint: a starting cornerback). And no decision was made about the starting QB. Read on for the unedited version of our S-R story.

The morning WSU, Pac-10 report


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Washington State held its last true fall camp practice yesterday, if you define fall camp as that time of the year when the football team concentrates on making itself better and doesn’t worry about an opponent – too much. Don’t let anyone fool you, the Cougars have worked occasionally on Stanford stuff, but not with the diligence they’ll show starting after today’s scrimmage is over. As for said scrimmage, though it probably won’t be full go – this is not a day to get anyone hurt – it is the final chance for some players battling for a starting spot to impress the coaches. So expect passion. Read on for today’s links.

Scrimmage will end fall camp for WSU


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We teased you a little bit with our previous post. So we promise we’ll begin this one with news about the end-of-practice field goal kicking. But that’s not the most important news to come out of the late workout, held at the last minute in Martin Stadium. Read on.

WSU’s Enyeart would rather stay anonymous


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Sometimes a jinx can hit even before a story is published. Keep that in mind as you read our last position preview, because we’ll have a note about the field goal kicking in our usual daily practice summary. The unedited version of tomorrow’s S-R story is on the link.

A busy day around the Pac-10


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Woke a little earlier than usual this morning and I’m glad I did. There are stories after stories today, some with a WSU bent, others, many others, from around the Pac-10. Hope you have some extra time as well. Read on.

WSU Wednesday practice notes


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Brandon Jones, quite possibly the Cougars’ best cover corner, wore a boot on his right ankle today, hobbling around the practice field instead of shutting down one side of it. With Jones out, there were changes in the secondary. Read on for that and an update on an ill player.

WSU hopes offseason gains help secondary

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The best laid plans often get waylaid. We had this secondary preview pretty well done this week and then Brandon Jones sprained his ankle. He could be out for two-to-three weeks, depending on how the injury responded to treatment (we’ll have more on the practice summary post). We adjusted. On the link you’ll find our unedited preview. Read on.

Games getting closer for Pac-10


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It must be getting closer to game week. Tensions are rising, positions are being filled, injured players are making miraculous recoveries and there are stories, multiple stories, from Cal and Stanford. Read on for your morning fix.

Wulff not smiling after WSU practice


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This is the third year I’ve covered Washington State University football and I can say I’ve never seen a coach more ticked at his team after a practice. Paul Wulff was so angry at the effort expended today he was nearly speechless. Read on for more on the day.

WSU’s linebacker corps deeper this season

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We were waiting to hear some news concerning the linebacker position before we could post this, our position preview. The question was answered, the story is done, though not edited, and you can read it on the link.

WSU links always better late than …


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I know you like your morning post earlier, but this morning has included driving 90 miles, helping the cable guy and then, finally, getting to the web for stories. Found a couple interesting ones too, including a special basketball piece for the end, if you get that far. Before then, however, we have our usual morning blend of WSU and Pac-10 stuff. Read on.

WSU defensive line wants to fly around


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With Washington State taking the day off from practice, we’re taking a little time ourselves. We have the unedited version of our defensive line preview story on the link along with a couple of web-only notes. Click the link.

Pac-10, WSU links to start your week


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Hope your new work week is starting well. I’ll try to help with news and links from around the Pac-10. As always, we start with what we have on Washington State.

Reception improving for WSU


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The last practice before school starts – the first day of classes is tomorrow – was without pads and was short and focused. Read on for our corresponding report.

Alfred is WSU’s leader with or without a bell

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The last of the offensive previews will be in tomorrow’s S-R. It’s the offensive line. We have the unedited version of our S-R story on the link.

Sunday morning spin around the Pac-10


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Most every Pac-10 team held a scrimmage yesterday, though I can’t tell you whether Stanford did or didn’t. Swear to god, I’m not sure the Cardinal will even show up in Pullman two weeks from now. They might have dropped the sport for all I know. Anyhow, read on for news from WSU and the rest of the Pac-10 – except Stanford.

WSU runs through situations


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A short, quick, sans-pads practice for WSU this afternoon. The Cougars spent their final two-a-day workout running through fundamental drills and situational substitutions. Read on for our short report.

WSU still searching for starting quarterback

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Another day, another position preview. This is the big one. Quarterback. Truth in advertising: If you are expecting the starter to be named, sorry. Not happening yet. The competition will continue another week. However, if you want to know where everyone stands, read on. We have the unedited version of our S-R story on the link.

Passing game shines for WSU


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The first practice of the day is over and the Washington State football players are on their way to the Lentil Festival parade. We have our news and notes from the morning practice. Read on.

WSU starting early this Saturday


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You can blame the Lentil Festival. I am. Because the Washington State football team is ticketed to participate in today’s parade, practice begins at 8 a.m. On a Saturday. Shoot, it was hard to get up this early on a Saturday even when watching Bug Bunny cartoons and eating Trix were all I cared about. But we’re awake. And we’ve got your morning briefing. Just click the link.

WSU’s young receivers ready to make a mark


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It took me a while, but I finally got this story ready for you to read. On the link you’ll find the receivers position preview. Read on.

WSU’s Montgomery will miss a few days

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We’re doing this a little different today because we are in the middle of our position previews (today’s spot in the crosshairs: receivers). We’ll post our practice summary first and then put up the story for tomorrow’s paper. So read on, we’ve got news on James Montgomery’s injury and other news and notes.