Injury update 10/23

HEADING INTO SATURDAY, there is news on the injury front. Also, a couple of priorities for Washington State when OSU visits Martin Stadium. And while every remaining Cougar opponent currently has a winning record, the head man at Washington State calls attention to the flip side of that coin -- So, too, does the No. 6 team in the Nation.

A priority this Saturday is to provide adequate protection for QB Matt Kegel.  "They're a good Pac-10 defense," said coach Bill Dobatalking about Oregon State.  One of the Beaver's standouts on a very good defensive front, comes in the form of Dwan Edwards; "He's impressive," said Doba while adding,  "And LB (Richard) Seigler attacks well."

For those concerned about Kegel's shoulders after he suffered dislocations in each; The quarterback is sore and it might take him a little while longer to warm up, but Kegel has looked very sharp in practice this week. 

"He's been healthy (enough to practice) all week," said Doba.  And surprisingly, this week Kegel has, "practiced as well as he has all year." 

And Kegel may line up behind Mike Shelford on Saturday for the first time since New Mexico. 

Doba said Shelford will dress and is getting "closer to passing the (medical) test".  And if all goes according to plan over the next 36-48 hours, "he's going to be able to try it out" on Saturday. 

If Shelford can go, and that's still an if at this point, it remains to be seen how much of the game he plays.  Still, very welcome news. 

Jonathan Smith should be close to 100 percent for Saturday's tilt.  Doba said Smith "has practiced all week" and will be the starter.  Jermaine Green is also looking as if he'll return a bit earlier than first thought.  "Green's going to be able to play a bit, I think," said Doba.

Doba also said Troy Bienemann (back) should be at about 90 to 100 percent for Oregon State.  Not as likely to see the field this Saturday are Jesse Taylor and Sam Lightbody; both have neck stingers.  Taylor is virtually certain to miss the game, while Lightbody is very doubtful.

Charles Harris, who ably filled in for Lightbody against Stanford, will start in his place on the right side.

Responding to a question on if Sammy Moore (calf) will start, "Lets put it this way, I'd be surprised if he didn't," said Doba.

On the defensive side of the ball, the mission is clear to Doba.  "Definitely, you have to stop Steven Jackson.  Period."  He went on to say Jackson is "deceptively fast" for that big a slashing type of running back.

But Doba also mentioned James Newson as being a wideout who is as scary as any receiver out there. 

When a reporter pointed out the remaining opponents on the Cougar schedule all currently have a winning record, the coach reminded everyone, "So do we."

With a victory Saturday, the Cougs will assuredly move up in both the polls and BCS ratings given the Virginia Tech loss Wednesday night. 

JOSH AND JULIE PARRISH welcomed the arrival of their first child on Wednesday, Dakota Parrish.  From everyone here at CF.C to the Parrish family on the birth of their son:


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