Davis a go for Baylor; Roof on pace for Card

BILL DOBA had good news for the Cougar Faithful Thursday saying Scott Davis, who strained an Achilles earlier this week, will play Saturday, and starting RG Andy Roof, out since fall camp with a broken thumb, should be back in action a week from Saturday vs. Stanford. Meanwhile, more injury updates, recruiting a big part of the Seattle game trek plus Doba lists two keys for a "W" against Baylor.

Starting outside linebacker Scott Davis will practice Thursday after straining his Achilles tendon on Tuesday.

"He kind of tweaked that Achilles a little bit, pulled that gastrocnemius muscle. Anyway, he's supposed to practice today so he should be okay," said Doba.

Running back DeMaundray Woolridge (deep thigh bruise) returns to the starting lineup against Baylor. Fellow RB Dwight Tardy is battling an illness. He will make the trip to Seattle and will probably be a game time decision. Chris Ivory is out for Baylor with an ankle injury.

Safety Michael Willis (shoulder) will play after being out last week.

CBs Don Turner (hip contusion) and (high ankle sprain) Markus Dawes -- the starting left cornerback and first corner off the bench -- are both out for Baylor.

Brian Williams, who had a nice game against Idaho, will start in Turner's place opposite RCB Tyron Brackenridge for the second straight week. B.T. Walker, Courtney Williams and Ryan Kensok could all rotate in, with Williams returning to the lineup after missing the win over Idaho with a thumb sprain.

Turner could return for Stanford, with Dawes unlikely to be healed in time for the Pac-10 opener.

"Other than that, I think we're pretty doggone healthy," said Doba.

Andy Roof (thumb) had one of the pins removed yesterday and is scheduled to have the second pin taken out Wednesday. If all goes well, he would be able to practice Wednesday afternoon through Friday, and get some snaps in against Stanford. Doba did not mention Fevaea'i Ahmu (foot stree fracture) Thursday but the defensive tackle's return would appear to be at Stanford as well.

RECRUITING WILL TAKE center stage Friday evening during the Washington State's annual Seattle game trip to the west side. The Cougs will fly out of Pullman Friday in time for seven coaches, the maximum amount allowed at one time by the NCAA, to take in some of the state's high school football games prior to returning to the hotel for team meetings.

  • Injury types have seem to come in cycles for the Cougs over the past few years. "It's amazing. This year, it's broken hands. In the summer, it was hamstrings. One year (2004), it was shoulders so we looked at what we were doing in the weight room. But we're relatively healthy right now," said Doba.

  • Doba said that not giving up the big defensive play Saturday is of chief importance against Baylor. "I know the whole offense is predicated on little dink passes all the way down the field but (if) you start cheating up, then they have enough speed that they can burn us outside." On the offensive side of the ball, Baylor has a good pair of corners so the Cougs have to be able to run the ball, Doba said.

  • For last year's game at Qwest Field according to WSU Sports Information, Washington State sold appx. 8,000 day-of-game tickets, with attendance of 51,486. This year, the SID said sales are on about the same pace. For a listing of the events surrounding the Cougar Gridiron Classic, follow this link. For ticket information, click here.

    Former Cougar backup offensive lineman Spencer Hollison is playing this season at the University of San Diego, a Division I-AA team coached by former Chicago Bears quarterback Jim Harbaugh. This is Hollison's final season of eligibility. The Toreros, 11-1 last season, are the No. 1 ranked I-AA school in the mid-major classification.

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