Brink and tight end Jed Collins perfected their timing as the duo hooked up on some laser-like passes.
Freshman WR Jeshua Anderson also flashed his star quality, pulling in numerous highlight reel catches. Anderson hauled in his first touchdown pass as a collegian Saturday when he torched the secondary and hauled in a 39-yard scoring aerial.
THE COUGAR OFFENSIVE LINE, a mystery coming into the season to some, labeled a deficit by most others, looked like a well oiled machine against Wisconsin and again last week. Starting tackles Vaughn Lesuma and Micah Hannam have looked like experienced hands rather than hosses who took their first college snaps a week and half ago.
Inside, George Yarno calls RG Bobby Byrd his anchor, C Kenny Alfred a future All-American and LG Dan Rowlands tough as they come. The line has surrendered but one sack in two games while starting RB Dwight Tardy is snapping off hashes at nearly a 100 yard clip behind the crimson hosses.
The unit has, obviously, pleased Yarno -- no small task from an o-line coach who demands, loudly, perfection on every detail.
"I'm really pleased with the effort that we're putting into it," Yarno said. "We're playing extremely hard and smart, and those are the two ingredients that really make you better."
TRUE FRESHMAN Andrew Roxas (pronounced ROW-hoss) got his first college experience against the Aztecs. During Tuesday's practice, it was instead true freshman Steven Ayers seeing some time with the No. 1 offensive line while trainers treated Hannam's ankle.
"They're both ready to play," Yarno said of Roxas and Ayers. "Roxas is probably our sixth guy, first guy off the bench if somebody gets hurt, other than the center.
"I just try and put the best five players on the field at any one time and Andrew has really kind of separated himself."
And consider that another true freshman, Kevin Freitag, was named by Yarno earlier as the most physically ready to play of the incoming hosses before he injured his MCL in a summer high school all-star game.
All this flies in the face of the conventional wisdom on offensive linemen -- being ready to play in the Pac-10 as a true or redshirt freshmen, or an incoming junior college transfer, just isn't often seen.
By the way, Hannam practiced nearly the entire day Tuesday with the No. 1 offense. He is expected to start Saturday against Idaho.
The news isn't as promising on another redshirt frosh. Grady Maxwell was another expected to be in the mix up front when the season started. Maxwell has been out since mid-August with a knee sprain that has been slow to improve.
Yarno says Maxwell will get his knee scoped in the next week or so and the outlook for the '07 campaign isn't promising.
"I would say he's very doubtful for this season," Yarno said.
WSU MEDICAL REPORT:
SEPT. 11: Out Indefinitely –Alex Hamill (foot sprain), Skylar Jessen (hamstring strain), Kevin Lopina (torn calf muscle), Grady Maxwell (knee sprain), Keith Rosenberg (knee sprain). No Practice – Husain Abdullah (concussion), Kevin Freitag (knee sprain), Chris Ivory (shoulder injury). Limited – Lance Broadus (shoulder surgery), Charles Dillon (thigh bruise), Kendrick Dunn (shoulder bruise), Micah Hannam (ankle sprain), Anthony Houston (wrist surgery/hamstring strain). Matt Mullennix (knee sprain), Tali Talakai (knee sprain).
CF.C Senior Editor Barry Bolton contributed to this report