The hunter, or the hunted?

WIDE RECEIVER JASON HILL said Monday he suffered an AC joint shoulder sprain making a touchdown catch in the win against Oregon State. The Cougar receiver, who added most career receiving yards at WSU to his ever-growing list of accomplishments, talks injury, if he plans on playing Saturday, if Cal will be up for WSU and if the Cougs should be seen by other teams as the hunter, or the hunted.

Washington State's scheduled Monday afternoon Medical Report release notes only that Hill is in the "No practice" category, and does not include a return timetable. It depends on the severity of the sprain, and more could be known tomorrow, but an AC sprain can typically keep players out at least a week and longer. Hill, however, remains optimistic about his chances to play Saturday against Cal.

"It's a little sore but I think I'll be all right," said Hill. "I feel good. I think I'll be out there. It's been getting better every day. It felt a little bit better yesterday and today it's a little bit more."

On the 25-yard scoring catch, the Oregon State defender was flagged for a 15-yard personal foul facemask penalty. Hill said the injury occurred in both the way the pair came down and because of the facemask.

"The facemask hurt too," said Hill. "He landed on me, though. (The facemask) was part of it."

Interestingly, Hill said he doesn't want Cal to take the Cougs lightly. He also said the Cougar players believe they should be looked at by others ones to be hunted, rather than being the hunter.

Jason Hill is now the all-time leader in Washington State history for career receiving yards, with 2,504 hashes.

"It makes for a good game," Hill said for why he doesn't want Cal to look past Washington State. "Our team is tired of people looking at us as the hunter. I think as of late, we've been playing really well. People seem to overlook that because of a few minor mistakes we make. And I think Cal when we watch the film, they'll see that."

Hill said his mother LaVerne, fitted for a pacemaker Thursday after suffering a heart attack, is already out of the hospital and doing very well.

"My little brother (Paul, 14,) she went to his football game yesterday so that was the first time out of the house," said Hill. She's doing well, man, she's pushing it."

Hill left Tuesday morning and returned Thursday afternoon, saying the experience left him drained. He also said of the OSU game that a win is a win, and the Cougs are capable of a stretch drive in the final half of the season.

"Mistakes, fumbling the ball, a couple times receivers ran the wrong routes, line didn't's a team thing, it was (about) mistakes all over," said Hill when asked about the offensive output in the 13-6 win over Oregon State. "It's just one of those things. We're fortunate to come out with a win but I think as a team, we know if we put everything together, there's not a team out there we can't beat.

"As players, we know. And it's just a couple breaks here, a couple breaks there, and you guys are talking about how great we're playing."

Tight end is the perhaps the biggest position of concern coming out of the OSU game. Starter Cody Boyd is expected out for, at least, 3-4 weeks. Another TE, Ben Woodard, is listed as out indefinitely with a shoulder sprain. Jed Collins would appear to become the No. 1 tight end, followed by, if he can return from knee sprain of his own from 9/16, Jesse Taylor. TE Tony Thompson is the team's snapper for punts (Peter Hill handles field goal attempts), and will see increased reps this week, while Jacob McKinney could be someone the Cougs look to, as they did with a then-freshman Sean O'Connor in 2003 against UCLA, with O'Connor lining up at tight and winning the battle against All-American Dave Ball in the Cougs win over the Bruins.

Out Indefinitely – Fevaea'i Ahmu (9/30 stress fracture, foot), Chris Baltzer (9/20 knee ACL), Cody Boyd (10/7 high ankle sprain), Joe Eppele (9/7 shoulder surgery), Chris Jordan (9/22 knee surgery), Matt Mullennix (9/6 ACL surgery), Jason Stripling (shoulder surgery recovery), Ben Woodard (10/7 MCL sprain).
No Practice – Jason Hill (10/7 shoulder AC sprain), Kevin Lopina (sick), Marcus Richmond (knee sprain).
LimitedMarkus Dawes (9/2 high ankle sprain), Josh Duin (9/23 knee MCL), Skylar Jessen (9/27 knee MCL), Aaron Johnson, (low back disc bulge), Andy Mattingly (9/30 concussion), Jesse Taylor (9/16 knee MCL sprain), Michael Willis (9/30 shoulder sprain).

Hill caught a perfectly thrown 25-yard pass from Alex Brink pass in the third quarter at Oregon State to pass the great Hugh Campbell in the record book. Campbell racked up 2,452 receiving yards from 1960-62. Hill finished five receptions for 121 yards and a touchdown, upping his career total to 2,504 receiving yards. Among his other entries in the WSU record book, Hill holds the all-time Cougar receiving TD mark with 30. With 28 catches at the 2006 season's halfway mark, Hill has 135 receptions in his WSU career. The senior is five behind Nian Taylor (1996-99) and Doug Flansburg (1965-67), who share third place, and 13 behind No. 2 Philip Bobo. Campbell sits atop the list, with 176 receptions.

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