Washington State is off the field from Thursday's practice, a workout held in a steady drizzle. But as one of the coaches said afterward, it was the best Thursday of the year. There's more on the link, so read on.
• Did some checking this afternoon and answered a couple questions I had. Now I can pass them on. If you paid attention last week, you know we reported Chima Nwachukwu was out because of a neck injury. He told us last night, however, it was because of a concussion. So I checked with the training staff. Turns out Nwachukwu had both a neck injury and a concussion. Either one was enough to keep him from playing. Hope that clears that up. ... By the way, Nwachukwu, Jeffrey Solomon and Kyle McCartney are the captains this week. ... In last week's game, center Zack Williams was cited for a 15-yard unsportsmanlike conduct penalty, then replaced by Chris Prummer on the next series. In today's press conference, I asked coach Paul Wulff if there was a correlation. His answer was short. "Yes," he said. So, no matter what is being reported on other sites, Wulff said it was Williams who sat a series for the penalty. ... Tyson Pencer, who has a hip injury that also is affecting his groin, won't suit up this week. Everyone else who has been nicked up (like Nwachukwu and Chantz Staden) practiced Thursday and looks as if they will play. ... The offensive line seems to be settling in, with Micah Hannam and John Fullington at right tackle the only two scheduled to rotate. Wade Jacobson will be the left guard, especially now with Pencer hurt. ... Another offensive lineman, sophomore Alex Reitnouer, will redshirt this year so he can put on weight (he's at 270) and get stronger. He would have redshirted last season but was pressed into service due to injury. ... Bennett Bontemps, the walk-on freshman from Rogers High in Puyallup, will give up his redshirt and play this weekend, starting on two special teams. He will also be a backup at slot receiver. ... Freshman receiver Kristoff Williams always seems to follow a day of practice with a day of toe soreness, so WSU will take another tack, Wulff said. He's going to sit awhile to see if the rest will cure the turf toe for good. That means he will more than likely redshirt. That makes two true freshmen – Williams and Rickey Galvin – that Wulff was counting on as playmakers out for the season. ... Finally, former Cougar and current University of Minnesota assistant coach Ronnie Lee is a relative to Marquess Wilson. But the Gophers didn't recruit Wilson like WSU and he decided to come north from Tulare, Calif. ... Finally, here's a link to our story for tomorrow's S-R, looking back at the USC rout of a couple years ago.
• That's all for tonight. After we dry out a little, we'll be back in the morning. Until then ...