Head coach Kyle Flood announced his starters Friday night, and went in-depth on some of those decisions after Sunday’s practice. As the opener between Washington State and Rutgers nears, here is today’s practice report.
The Headline -- The injury report is coming, but coach Kyle Flood gave a preview by announcing four absences for Washington State. Rutgers will be without starting receiver Andre Patton, second-team tight end Nick Arcidiacono and second-team offensive lineman Bryan Leoni because of undisclosed injuries.
In their place, look for John Tsimis or Janarion Grant to get the spot across Leonte Carroo to begin the game. Walk-ons Matt Flaangan and Charles Scarff are the second- and third-team tight ends respectively, and the first linemen off the bench will likely be sophomore J.J. Denman and freshman Dorian Miller.
Worth Noting -- When asked about Patton’s absence, Flood cited Carlton Agudosi, Andrew Turzilli, Tsimis and Vance Matthews. Matthews, a third-year walk on, now finds himself in a position where he could play because of injuries to Patton and Ruhann Peele.
“I’ve got a lot of confidence in them,” Flood said.
Quote of the Day -- “I’m hoping they will try to kick at me. Now that we’re in the Big Ten, some of them might think we’re weak. They might want to kick my way anyway and I’ll have to show them.” – Sophomore receiver Janarion Grant.
On the Other Side -- Cougfan.com, the Scout.com affiliate for Washington State, did its preseason predictions this morning and has the Scarlet Knights losing by two touchdowns in Seattle. Cougfan predicts an 8-4 season for Mike Leach. Read more about it over here.
Now sit back and take in Flood’s press conference.