Cougars Chomping at the Bit

After an unexpected bye week which followed a game against Eastern Washington, the Cougars are ready to get going once again when they face Colorado State this weekend. For most of the team, the second bye week left the team as anxious as they were in mid-August when they were getting ready for the season.

"Yeah, it sort of feels like August around here except for the weather," noted receiver Michael Reed. "We have some games, but yeah, we're real anxious to play a game, sort of like we were in the last few weeks of two-a-days. We're definitely ready to go."

This past week's game against San Diego State was unexpectedly postponed due to the wildfires raging in the area. While the feeling among players and coaches was sympathetic and understanding, it still didn't do away with the anxiousness caused by having a bye week instead of a game.

"It was horrible," bluntly stated defensive lineman Jan Jorgensen about what this past Saturday was like without a game. "I didn't know what to do with myself. I like to watch football and this weekend was a good one to watch games, but I really didn't know what to do with myself."

Due to the bye week, the team has received a heavy dose of Colorado State film, which they've poured over since learning that the San Diego State game was postponed. The preparation for players like Jorgensen continued during the off-time this weekend, as he and most of his teammates didn't know what to do with themselves.

"That's what I did Friday night," said Jorgensen. "I just watched film on Colorado State because I had no idea what to do. [I did] the same thing on Saturday. I was antsy, I didn't know what to do, so I just watched more film and more games."

"Well, I was able to sleep in until 10:30 on Saturday, which was really nice," said Reed. "I don't get a chance to sleep in like that, so I definitely enjoyed every minute of that."

Continued Healing

Like with other bye weeks, the biggest advantage of having an off week came with time for healing nicks and cuts taken on throughout the season.

"I'm a little banged up, but nothing hardly at all, but I know other guys really used the weekend off to heal up," said Jorgensen. "I know Harvey [Unga] needed it and I think it really helped Austin Collie. You could see today during practice that [Collie] was cutting like he did before getting hurt. So, it was really good for guys like that."

The main disadvantage of another bye week lies in receiving a setback to a bit of the team chemistry acquired with every week during the season. With hard and focused practice sessions, the Cougars are hoping to overcome that setback and get even better when they get going this week against Colorado State.

"Yeah, we're probably a bit more rusty coming out this week without having played a game," said Reed. "We're more fresh, but we need to make sure we practice real hard to make sure that chemistry is there."

"Today's practice was really good," noted Jorgensen. "You could tell guys really want to get going against after not playing, which is awesome. I think we're going to have one of the best weeks of practice since the season started, I really do."

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