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Monday, August 10, 2020  Spokane, Washington  Est. May 19, 1883
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Cougars see red - a lot


What a shock.

The Cougars spent most of Tuesday's practice time working on their red-zone offense. Glenn Kasses quotes offensive line coach George Yarno as saying they might play more offensive lineman in place of, I presume, the injured tight ends.

Speaking of injuries, Glenn's Pac-10 notebook goes into the spate of injuries to the conference's quarterbacks. Glenn doesn't get into the why, but my guess is the conference, as a whole, leaves quarterbacks unprotected more often than most with the abundance of five-wide and other spread formations.

I'm probably wrong, but maybe not. What do you think?

Glenn gets into the red-zone woes and quarterback talk in more depth on his blog. (Pictured are, from left, Alex Brink, Jason Hill and Gary Rogers; Spokesman-Review photo.)

By the way, Glenn's quarterback story is echoed in this Bud Withers' piece in the Seattle Times. UPDATE: And in a Tucson Citizen story.

Sooner or later the dam will break for the Cougars' offense. Quarterback Alex Brink feels it will be sooner, as in this week. He tells the Times' Craig Smith he's pretty confident about it.

And he's pretty confident he's still the undisputed starter, even though Gary Rogers did look like he was the guy until he got hurt last Saturday.

In other news, Mkristo Bruce was named today as one of 12 semifinalists for the Lombardi Award, given to the nation's best lineman or linebacker.

Ron Bellamy of the Register-Guard remembers a brawl after the 1992 Oregon-WSU game and how different the offending players were treated. There is also a story on the same subject from the Oregonian.

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