Cougar Notebook: OSU return for Davis, Braidwood?

PULLMAN -- Washington State head coach Bill Doba gave his players four days off after Saturday's 48-7 win over Grambling State in Seattle. Returning to practice Thursday, Mkristo Bruce turned in the play of the day and DeMaundray Woolridge turned in some nice runs but the Cougars took some time to return to form. One reason was because four starters were sidelined for the session.

"It took a while to get our tempo back," Doba said after the Thursday afternoon practice. "(But) they had fresh legs."

Four starters missed practice. Defensive end Adam Braidwood was nursing a sore elbow, linebacker Scott Davis sprained his foot against Grambling, receiver Jason Hill was having his wisdom teeth removed, and defensive tackle Ropati Pitoitua is still sidelined by a broken leg. Middle linebacker Will Derting is still battling a touch of flu, but did practice.

Every player save for one was expected to practice next week, and to be able to go against Oregon State next Saturday.

"We should have everyone back by Monday, except for Ropati," Doba said.

Matt Mullenix took Braidwood's place on the first-string defense. Cory Evans replaced Davis, and Brandon Gibson was on the first-string offense for Hill. Standing in for Evans on the second-string defense was Brian Hall.

Doba added that he gave the players the time off to get their schoolwork in order. He also said he had the team clean out their lockers, and was very impressed by the job they did.

Although George Yarno expressed disappointment in the offensive line's performance against Grambling, don't expect much of a shakeup in the starting five for now. Nick Mihlhauser, Sean O'Connor, Norvell Holmes, Charles Harris, and Bobby Byrd were still on the first unit Thursday.

The play of the day was turned in by defensive end Mkristo Bruce, who leaped high to pick off a screen pass thrown by Josh Swogger. Bruce returned the interception for a score.

True freshman running back DeMaundray Woolridge continues to impress, breaking off a pair of long runs during Thursday's practice.

Saturday's session will feature the scrimmage involving the Scout team and younger players, a Cougar tradition during the bye week.

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