"Brink is definitely our guy," said Hill. "Alex is a smart football player. He's goes through his progressions pretty good and he's learned a lot over the last couple years, and especially in the last couple games.
"He's doing a great job for us. I think as receivers, we have to make a couple more plays for him."
Rogers separated his non-throwing shoulder against Cal, his status for this week is unknown. Coach Bill Doba, perhaps recalling the 2003 season when a gritty Matt Kegel played with a similar injury, said that a tough QB can play with a non-throwing shoulder sprain. Regardless, Hill said, Brink is the guy to lead the Cougs.
"Brink, when he comes to the huddle, he can manage your attention a little better than Gary does, but I (also) think that's just because Gary is a young guy," said Hill.
Hill, who said he was surprised Rogers started the second half against Cal, also said that assigning blame to the offensive coaching staff after a combined 16 points the past two weeks, is off base. It's the execution that is the problem, according to the senior receiver.
"We got a lot of the things we wanted to get -- Our coaches prepared us well. Everything we'd seen out there are the things we had looked at on film and our coaches had talked about. We just couldn't put it together," he said.
Defensive end and team captain Mkristo Bruce said following the game the defense also won't be pointing any fingers at the Cougar offense, noting that the D could have done a better job themselves and noting they gave up 21 first half points, although one of those scores came when Cal started on the WSU 5-yard line after a blocked punt.
"They're doing a great job," Bruce stated plainly. "Both sides of the ball, we're just making mental mistakes that we can't make against these ranked teams and Pac-10 teams."
Doba was as forceful in answering media questions as he has been all season after the game.
"I'm not going to run our team down," said Doba sternly in response to a question. "Those kids are tight. They're a family and they're staying tight. And in that locker room they were great after the ball game. They're going to get ready, they're coming back and I guarantee you we'll play our butts off against Oregon."