Practice round up: Bursey runs with first unit

PULLMAN -- It was a day of comebacks for the Cougars, as players who had missed time with injuries were back on the field, albeit in limited roles. Of those who were at full strength, Michael Bumpus and Tyron Brackenridge turned in the plays of the day while DeMaundray Woolridge might get a crack at his third straight 100-yard game Saturday. On the downside, another Cougar corner went down to injury late Tuesday, and Lorenzo Bursey found himself working with the first team.

Coach Bill Doba said before practice Tuesday that cornerback Omowale Dada, who sprained a knee in last weekend's scrimmage, is expected to start aganst Oregon State. But things in the secondary got a bit more complicated during Tuesday's workouts.

Dada's backup, Don Turner, who had been nursing a hamstring, left the field on a cart toward session's end, with what may have been a recurrence of the hamstring injury -- details were not expected until at least Wednesday. If Turner cannot go, and should Dada experience a flare up, the Cougs would likely go with Lorenzo Bursey at the starting corner opposite Alex Teems. Bursey took the day's final turns with the No. 1 defense at cornerback.

Bursey was recruited to play on offense as a slot receiver, and as a kick returner, but depth concerns necessitated his move to cornerback in fall camp.

MEANWHILE, TWO OTHER starters eased their way back onto the field. Linebacker Scott Davis (foot) also returned to practice on Tuesday, but his work with the first-string defense was limited. Defensive end Adam Braidwood (elbow) also saw limited duty.

When Davis was out, freshman Cory Evans played strong side linebacker, and Braidwood was replaced by Matt Mullennix, as usual, with defensive end Adam West out indefinitely with a concussion suffered against Nevada.

Starting running back Jerome Harrison (ankle) has been practicing this week, but has been doing so while wearing a yellow "no-contact" jersey similar to the ones worn by quarterbacks.

Since the coaches are being cautious with Harrison, freshman DeMaundray Woolridge has taken a good number of snaps with the No. 1 offense in his place. Add to that the fact Doba's said he wants to get the freshman more playing time and it may be an indicator that Woolridge will see the field earlier against Oregon State on Saturday than he has in the first three games.

Michael Bumpus turned in the offensive play of the day. On a quick slant in the red zone, Bumpus caught a bullet from Alex Brink with one hand and still had the wherewithal to get a foot down inbounds.

The defensive play of the day happened on another of Brink's passes. When the sophomore QB tried to hit Greg Prator on a deep post, scout-team cornerback Tyron Brackenridge muscled over Prator and picked off the pass.

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