APPLE CUP REPORT: Doba: Bumpus, Hill doubtful

Pullman — At the midpoint of the Apple Cup practice week, Cougar coach Bill Doba says star receivers Jason Hill and Michael Bumpus are "doubtful" to suit up Saturday, as the pair continues to try and return from high ankle sprains suffered against Arizona on Nov. 4. There is better news, however, on the availability of other starters who have recently spent time on the injury list.

Michael Bumpus and Jason Hill both ran Wednesday, but that's still a ways from making cuts, blocking and running routes in game situations.

"Whether they play or not is still up in the air," said Doba following practice. "I haven't talked to the trainers yet, they went out and worked with them, (but) I would say it's very questionable or doubtful that they play."

If Bumpus and Hill cannot suit up Saturday, they will join fellow receiver Chris Jordan (knee) on the sideline, leaving the Cougs without the three starters they began the season with.

The starting duties Saturday would then again fall to sophomore Brandon Gibson and junior Charles Dillon, Doba said, with a heavy rotation of junior Finas Rabb and sophomores Benny Ward and Scott Selby one of the trio for the third receiver positions and/or backing up Gibson and Dillon.

"We'll kind of roll the dice, pick any one of the three, and rotate them in and out," said Doba, who went on to mention the Cougs will go with probably go with some two tight end formations. Walk-on Andy Largent could also play a role before the final gun sounds on Saturday.

Running back DeMaundray Woolridge, meanwhile, will suit up Saturday, according to Doba, despite missing the second half of Tuesday's practice and all of Wednesday's with a stinger in his shoulder.

"Woolridge is going to be ok," Doba said. "He got cleared today, and he'll work tomorrow."

The Cougs are also expected to get back running back Derrell Hutsona (ankle), and for the first time in three weeks could have their three man rotation of Dwight Tardy, Hutsona and Woolridge coming out of the backfield against the Huskies.

Defensive tackles (elbow), Fevaea'i Ahmu (foot), and Ropati Pitoitua (knee) and Aaron Johnson all suited up for the second straight session this week on Wednesday. All three are expected to play Saturday for the first time since USC in Week 5.

The session was held indoors Wednesday, as the Cougs took advantage of the climate controlled indoor practice facility for the second straight week.

The Village Pub in Magnolia, a well known great place to spend Saturdays watching Cougar football, isn't the only crimson-friendly bar and grill that will be airing the Apple Cup this weekend, reports owner (and WSU grad) Matt Baker.

88 Keys, located in Pioneer Square (315 2nd Ave. S.), will be broadcasting the Cougs and Dawgs on 15 42-inch Plasma TVs and one 110-inch projector screen, says Baker, who also owns 88 Keys.

Both of these hotspots will open at 9 am on Saturday. Game time is 3:45.

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