Seen & Heard 9/2

SOPHOMORE QUARTERBACK <b>Chris Hurd</b>, out for the season to surgically correct a congenitive malady with his right knee, told CF.C in a conversation before Saturday's kickoff against Idaho that the last two weeks have been an emotional roller coaster for him.

But he said the disappointment of not playing this season --- a campaign in which he figured to see considerable action --- has evolved into motivation to get the surgery done and his rehab started. "They say it takes four to seven months to recover, so my goal is to be back at 100 percent in the spring. That's what's driving me."

Spring workouts are six months away. Presuming everyone is healthy, the starting QB's job figures to be a shootout of towering proportion between Hurd and Josh Swogger.

ANOTHER GUY who was in street clothes Saturday night at Seahawks Stadium and not feeling all that comfortable about it was Fred Shavies, the long-time Cougar defensive standout who is working as a graduate assistant this season. The game marked the first time in five years he was on the sidelines in anything but a jersey. "It feels strange," he told CF.C. "I'd really like to get out there and knock some people around." Alas, though, his future is in coaching, he said, and his tenure so far is going well.

Jim Clark, a graduate assisant working with the secondary, had high praise Saturday for a pair of young Cougar defensive backs. When the former prep and JC coach was asked before the game about WSU's depth at cornerback, where the experience falls steeply after Jason David and Karl Paymah, he said the two guys backing them up --- second-year freshman Don Turner on the right side and sophomore Alex Teems on the left --- are major league talents. "They are outstanding, outstanding players. Big-time talent. They will leave a mark here."

SCOTT LUNDE, the fifth-year senior who seemed to catch everything in sight last season, will be back in action at Notre Dame after missing the opener with sore ribs. He's listed this week at No. 2 on the depth chart at slotback behind Trandon Harvey.

Speaking of the depth chart, just how loaded is WSU at running back? So loaded that Chris Bruhn, who rumbled for 118 yards on nine carries last week, is penned in this week at No. 4 behind Jermaine Green, Jonathan Smith and Allen Thompson. Could be a typo, what with Thompson's bum shoulder, but the fact is, No. 4 or not, he'll be taking his turns this week against the Irish. Bruhn's 13.1 yards per carry against the Vandals supplanted Bernard Jackson at No. 2 on WSU's all-time single-game list. No. 1 is Don Paul, who racked up a 14.0 per carry average against Oregon in 1948.

HAT'S OFF TO senior Cougar kicker Drew Dunning who had a great start Saturday in his quest to pass Jason Hanson as WSU's all-time leading scorer. He was perfect on four field goal attempts against Idaho and was today named Pac-10 Special Teams Player of the Week. Two other Cougars were nominated for honors this week: RB Jonathan Smith on offense and safety Virgil Williams on defense.

YOU REALLY DO need a program to keep track of who's who on the WSU roster. Smith, No. 23 last year, is now wearing No.5 on his jersey. Sammy Moore, formerly No. 20 is now No. 3, and Adam Braidwood, No. 96 a year ago is now No. 13. Braidwood's change is the one that puzzles me. A head-crackin' defensive end wearing a quarterback's number? That's just not right. And while you may think I'm nuts here, I actually think it makes him look smaller. I'm serious. Last season he looked like the second coming of Keith Millard. On Saturday I thought I was looking at Wally Bennett.

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