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PULLMAN – The story of Saturday’s scrimmage may have been the blades of turf clinging to the jerseys of Washington State’s offensive linemen. For the Cougars under coach Mike Leach, there’s practice, and then there’s the 15 or so minutes after practice during which players break off into their position groups and receive a little extra instruction based off their performance that day. And after WSU’s defensive linemen racked up 12 sacks during Saturday’s 115-play scrimmage, the O-linemen were treated to some bear crawls before being collectively “rolled” – a drill for which Leach has become famous that involves a player simply rolling down the field on his side. It doesn’t look particularly fun.
PULLMAN – This is what the growing pains look like. Washington State’s first semi-scrimmage of the spring wasn’t terrible. But it was more inconsistent than any of its previous four practices, the result of players trying to process a whole lot of new material at close to full speed for the first time.
PULLMAN – Whoever finishes second in Washington State’s quarterback battle will not be able to blame a lack of opportunities. That much was evident fairly early in the Cougars’ 3-hour practice on Thursday, their first of 15 spring sessions under new coach Mike Leach and his staff.
Quarterback Jeff Tuel’s will miss this week and his season may be over after suffering an acute compartment syndrome injury in his right calf last Saturday in Washington State’s loss to Oregon State.
Quarterback Jeff Tuel did not attend Monday night’s Washington State football practice and his status for Saturday’s game at Oregon is still not determined.
In sports, the term upset refers to an unexpected result. In real life, it can refer to a distressed stomach. Six of one, half-a-dozen of another.
PULLMAN – Quarterback Jeff Tuel will return to practice full-time today, but he won’t be returning to the starting lineup this week, Washington State football coach Paul Wulff said after the Cougars went through their usual pad-less Monday night workout. Asked if Marshall Lobbestael would start against UCLA on Saturday, Wulff said yes, and indicated he was still unsure whether Tuel, who started every game last season, would even play this week.
Quarterback Jeff Tuel will return to practice full-time Tuesday, but he won’t be returning to the starting lineup this week, Washington State coach Paul Wulff said after the Cougars went through their usual pad-less Monday night workout.
Quarterback Jeff Tuel was cleared Sunday to beginning practicing in full pads, clearing the way for a possible return Saturday when Washington State travels to Pasadena to face UCLA (2-3, 0-1 Pac-12). “Yeah, I would leave that open,” coach Paul Wulff said Sunday of Tuel being available this week.
Washington State starting quarterback Jeff Tuel suffered a fractured left clavicle during the first quarter of the season opening game against Idaho State on Saturday.
It’s a different Jeff Tuel leading the Washington State offense this season.
PULLMAN – Before Washington State began spring football, coach Paul Wulff took pains to emphasize that no one, not quarterback Jeff Tuel, not anyone, had their name etched in stone as a starter.
PULLMAN – Bowl berths are doled out like bailouts anymore, but that’s how the system has been corrupted and the football player’s job is not to reform it but leverage it. Which the Washington Huskies did on Saturday evening, and since it has been so long since this once-proud program has done even that much – all the way back to 2002 – the players celebrated on the turf of Martin Stadium not once but twice.
What went right Jeff Tuel threw for 149 yards in the final 15 minutes, doubling his total from the first 45, to keep UW from running away. Besides tossing the game-tying 16-yard score to Marquess Wilson, he also powered in to the end zone from 1 yard out on a sneak. “It’s a funny thing, momentum,” said receiver Jared Karstetter. “You start to get that feeling in the back of your mind that we can move the ball on these guys and we can do it.”
PULLMAN – The Washington Huskies spent much of Saturday’s Apple Cup running over, around and through the Washington State defense. But the Cougars came up with nearly enough big plays to survive the onslaught of Chris Polk, Jake Locker and company.
PULLMAN – Eighty-one seconds were left in Saturday night’s Apple Cup when, on fourth-and-1, Washington tailback Chris Polk watched teammate Eric Folk begin to line up for the go-ahead field goal. Polk and his teammates’ reaction to the play call?
First quarter UW 7, WSU 0