Doba wary of scheming Bears

BAYLOR IS A 13 1/2 point underdog for the Seattle game but Bill Doba wasn't having any of it Tuesday, citing Baylor's high number of senior starters & backups, plus an unusual alignment scheme on the BU offensive line as reasons for concern. As for Washington State, when the Cougs kick off the practice week today, they'll welcome back some players who missed the 56-10 win over Idaho Saturday.

Doba said running back DeMaundray Woolridge will resume practicing today and although the staff may want to limit him, he could get the start Saturday.

"I think he will, he could have played last week," said Doba. "We got ahead and we just wanted to make sure he had another week for that thigh to rest."

Tuesday could also see a banged up secondary get two or three players back, said Doba.

Corner Don Turner (hip contusion) will try to practice today, while fellow CB Courtney Williams will take the field with a cast this afternoon to protect his sprained thumb. Markus Dawes, however, is out for Saturday with a high ankle sprain. Safety Michael Willis is probable, pending strength tests on his injured shoulder today.

Running back Chris Ivory, Doba said, will probably not play with a sprained ankle. There was no information available on starting right guard Andy Roof, who broke a thumb in fall camp.

"He was x-rayed yesterday and I haven't heard yet so I don't know if he'll be back or not yet," said Doba on Roof.

The return of linebacker Jason Stripling (shoulder) still appears to be a ways down the road, with Doba saying end of September/mid October is the timetable for the Texas linebacker.

BAYLOR WILL PRESENT some unique looks for the Cougs. While they run a nickel package as their base defense, the offensive line, a la Texas Tech, is about as spread out as you're likely to see.

"They are an offense that splits their offensive line, as much as a four-five-six foot spread between guard and tackle," said Doba, with the aim to spread the defense out and move the defensive end out as far away as possible from the quarterback.

Baylor's running backs carried the ball only six times in a blowout win over Northwestern State last weekend, with Doba saying it illustrates that Baylor's runs are the short dump passes. Still, what worries the coach the most is Baylor's experience.

"Any team that has 31 seniors -- 25 are fifth year seniors and 16 of those are starters coming in to play us -- is a major concern to me. That's a lot of experience, a lot of depth, a lot of leadership. We had better be prepared to play," said Doba.

Washington State has sold 35,000-plus tickets for the Baylor game according to WSU Sports Information, with plenty of good tickets still available. Rod Commons said sales are about where they were last year headed into game week, and that he expects WSU will hit last year's mark, which was 51,000 plus. For ticket information, click here.


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