Practice report: Good news, bad w/ injuries

PULLMAN -- Cougar senior linebacker Chris Baltzer's career has come to an end. He caught a toe on the Roger's Field practice turf and tore an ACL. Meanwhile, running back DeMaundray Woolridge, bothered by a deep thigh bruise suffered at Auburn, missed his second straight day of practice and is questionable for Saturday's Pac-10 opener at Stanford. But news isn't all bad on the health front.

Baltzer, a walk-on out of Sheldon High in Eugene, missed the majority of August workouts with a hamstring sprain after climbing to No. 2 on the depth chart at middle 'backer in spring practices. Doba called his injury "a shame," and said the severity of the tear ends Baltzer's season -- and therefore his career as well. He played in 18 games, primarily on special teams, over the previous two seasons.

As for Woolridge, who rushed 18 times for 55 yards against Baylor after sitting out the Idaho game, he's still sore, Doba said, "so we've got to get some treatment ... we'll have to wait and see (how he's feeling Saturday).

Doba was enthusiastic about the return Wednesday of offensive linemen Andy Roof and Dan Rowlands. Roof, originally slated to start at right guard, has been out since August with a broken thumb. Rowland, starting at guard all season in Roof's place, strained a knee in the Baylor game.

"Roof looked okay -- it's good to have him back," said Doba. "We'll see how much Roof remembers," Doba said with a laugh. "It's been a month or more since he's taken any snaps."

The biggest surprise was Rowlands, who was on the "no practice" list Tuesday but appeared to participate without restriction in Wednesday's session. "I didn't think he'd be back this quick," said Doba, "so it's good to have him back too."

Asked if he expects both players to contribute Saturday, Doba replied quickly with a "yes," then offered some insight to just how much time both players can expect to see on the field. "It depends on if (they) don't get sore but we're planning on moving those guys on the line."

Roof and Rowlands will join an OL rotation of tackles Derek Hunter (playing in place of injured Bobby Byrd) and Charles Harris, guard/center Kenny Alfred, center Josh Duin and guard Sean O'Connor.

Another face back at practice Wednesday after an extended absence was quarterback Arkelon Hall, who broke a leg in the first scrimmage of fall camp. He didn't do a lot, wearing shoulder pads but only shorts covering the broken left fibula.

Despite his limited status, Hall looked comfortable running through drills with fellow quarterbacks Alex Brink, Gary Rogers, Cole Morgan and Kevin Lopina.

Notable Notes:

With 19 catches, Cougar Michael Bumpus leads the Pac-10 in receptions. Jaison Williams of Oregon is one behind him. Jason Hill is No. 9 with 12 catches.

Safety Eric Frampton, Washington State's leading tackler in 2005, is back at it in 2006. Through three games he's the Cougars' leading tackler -- and No. 6 in the Pac-10 -- with 25 total stops, including one for loss. He also has one interception, one forced fumble, two pass breakups and one quarterback hurry.

Stanford has beaten Washington State the past two seasons, but the Cougars have defeated Stanford the last three games played in Stanford Stadium. The Cardinal won at Martin Stadium, 23-17, in 2004 and 24-21 a year ago. The Cougars won at Stanford in 2001 (45-39), 2002 (36-11) and 2003 (24-14).

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