The Crimson and Gray Newswire

WE'VE ALWAYS SAID the Cougars make good copy. From San Francisco to Tacoma, news room keyboards have been clattering this week as Washington State looks to start out on the road to redemption against Stanford. We haven't collected it all, but here's a summary (and accompanying links) to give you a good flavor of the players, expectations and insights.

Jerome Harrison getting national attention
When Washington State recruited Jerome Harrison out of junior college, the Cougars thought they were getting a useful third-down back and kick-returner. They got a lot more. Harrison has become an every-down back who has rushed for more than 100 yards in seven consecutive games dating to last season. Seattle Times

Mkristo Bruce on the loose
Choosing a college was not a difficult decision for Mkristo Bruce. Playing for the Five-Star Cougars growing up, Bruce developed an early love for WSU and sported Coug gear long before he signed a letter of intent to play for WSU in February of 2002. "I always wanted to come to WSU since I was little," he said. "We'd have UW [vs.] WSU games and I'd always wear Cougar stuff." College Sports News/Daily Evergreen

Dildine feeling more comfortable at linebacker
Last week, Steve Dildine registered a career-high 13 tackles. Washington State University's defense might need him to do even more this week. Dildine and Scott Davis, WSU's starting outside linebackers, will be counted on to carry the load as middle linebacker Will Derting is out for at least two weeks with a sprained knee ligament. Tacoma News Tribune

Doba, Harris each hoping their teams can close in the fourth
Washington State coach Bill Doba and Stanford's Walt Harris are each hoping for a strong finish when the Cougars host the Cardinal on Saturday. Both teams were doomed by dreadful second-half performances last weekend and are still looking for their first Pacific-10 Conference win. Seattle P-I

Four starting jobs up for grabs at Stanford
Hoping that some competition might spark production in his offense, coach Walt Harris opened up four offensive positions for Saturday's game in Pullman, Wash., against Washington State. San Francisco Chronicle

This was not how Trent Edwards' career was supposed to turn out
This is not how Trent Edwards' Stanford career was supposed to go. The story was supposed to have Edwards leading the team to national prominence, playing in bowl games and competing in the Pacific-10 Conference. Instead, in three plus years on the Farm, Edwards has been a member of a program that has mustered only 11 wins. College Sports News/The Stanford Daily

It's all about attitude; Cougs must stay positive
A losing football team is an unhappy team. Although Washington State University coach Bill Doba forced smiles during his postgame press conference Saturday, the trip back to Pullman was not pleasant. Tacoma News Tribune


Bledsoe making Bills look pretty stupid
Drew Bledsoe is making the Bills look pretty stupid these days. The Bills decided after last season to give their starting quarterback job to 24-year-old J.P. Losman and let Bledsoe go."It wasn't like they said there was going to be open competition," Bledsoe said. "They just came out and said this young kid is going to get the job and they showed me the door."

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