Swogger takes his snaps

PULLMAN — Quarterback Josh Swogger practiced Tuesday with a brace on his injured right knee and appeared to be moving just fine. He said he felt comfortable and had no pain, but whether he plays at Arizona on Saturday will be a game time decision.

"The MRI was kind of inconclusive -- they think there is a tear, but they aren't sure how bad it is," head coach Bill Doba said in his weekly conference call with reporters. "It's not as loose a joint as they first thought it would be."

Second-year freshman Alex Brink, who saw considerable time against Colorado and Idaho, would start if Swogger can't. True freshman Gary Rogers, slated for a redshirt season, also is available if the situation is dire. And punter Kyle Basler, twice a second-team All-State prep QB at Elma High, is the man in case of utter disaster.

The Cougars worked out of the shotgun formation a fair amount against Idaho and Swogger thinks it makes even more sense with Arizona's attacking defense.

Swogger tore the posterior cruciate ligament in his right knee early in the third quarter of the Idaho game.

After facing the Wildcats the Cougs will have a bye before facing Oregon at home on Oct. 9. "The bye week is going to help a lot of us out," Swogger said, "We have bumps and bruises here and there."

Swogger, from Youngstown, Ohio, hasn't suffered from lack of family support at Cougar games despite the distance from home. His dad was in town for the Idaho game and plans to be at all the games for the rest of the season.

The Cougars and Wildcats kickoff at 12:30 Saturday, with live coverage on ABC-TV. Because of the uncertainty at quarterback for the Cougars, Las Vegas oddsmakers have yet to determine the line.

The Cougars are 2-1 this season, Arizona 1-2.

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