Cougs see injured players return

PULLMAN — As the Cougs kicked off preparations in earnest for their Pac-12 road test at Colorado, the volume Sunday out on the field was the loudest it's been all season, both in live action and during position drills. While the live action was limited, the good news for the Cougars was that some bodies who were given time to heal during the bye week returned to action.

Running back Rickey Galvin, who suffered a concussion against San Diego State, returned to practice Sunday and was a full participant.

Galvin was in a yellow no-contact jersey, but he ran with the first-team offense and showcased his speed throughout. He is the Cougars' leading rusher this season with 194 yards and an 8.4-yard per-carry average.

A big return for the defense was the return of Anthony Laurenzi (illness) who missed most of last week.

Laurenzi jumped right back in with the 1s alongside DT Kalifitoni Pole. Senior DT Brandon Rankin also saw plenty of action running with the 1s and in his action against the 1s and scout team, continued to get past the offensive line and into the backfield.

There were still several players missing from action including CB Daniel Simmons (knee), WR Gino Simone (Calf), and S Casey Locker (infection on arm). Starting center Andrew Roxas was also dressed in uniform however he didn't participate in any of the team drills.

Roxas is nursing a sprained ankle, with Paul Wulff saying last week that Roxas was questionable for Colorado.

For the first time in the 2011 campaign, Mother Nature wasn't doing WSU any favors Sunday night as the Cougs faced consistent rain. Although the field was wet and the balls were slippery, the Cougs operated at a high tempo and there were loads of yelling and primal battle cries.

NOTABLE: The Cougs and Buffs face off 12:30 PT this Saturday in a game that will be televised on Fox College Sports Pacific. The Buffs are a 3-point favorite.

QB: Marshall Lobbestael
X receiver: Marquess Wilson
Flanker: Isiah Barton
Z receiver: Jared Karstetter
TE Andrei Lintz
LT: David Gonzales
LG: John Fullington
C: Matt Goetz
RG: B.J. Guerra
RT: Wade Jacobson
RB: Rickey Galvin (Carl Winston and Logwone Mitz also seeing action)

LE: Lenard Williams
LT: Toni Pole
RT: Anthony Laurenzi
RE: Travis Long
SAM: Sekope Kaufusi
MIKE: C.J. Mizell
WILL: Alex Hoffman-Ellis
CB: Nolan Washington
SS: Deone Bucannon
FS: Tyree Toomer (Note: Anthony Carpenter also seeing action running with the 1s)
CB: Damante Horton

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