PRACTICE REPORT: Anderson, Dillon ready

PULLMAN -- Charles Dillon was back in full-contact drills Wednesday and freshman Jeshua Anderson turned in a second straight strong showing this week in place of Brandon Gibson, who remains questionable for Saturday.

"I'm feeling good about it," Anderson said of the possibility he might start at eighth-ranked Oregon. "Hopefully [Gibson] gets back. I know he's recovering, hopefully he'll be back tomorrow. I'm just working like I usually do."

Gibson leads the Pac-10 in receiving yards (567) and receiving touchdowns (6).

Anderson, the national prep record-holder in the 300 meter hurdles, had 98 receiving yards last week against Arizona State. Of his three catches, one in the last minute of the first half set up a Brandon Gibson touchdown and another in the final minute of play set up the Cougs' field goal try that would have tied the game.

"I'm confident," Anderson said. "Coach Levy gets me ready and my teammates calm me down a little bit. I'm just trying to practice like a starter if I were to play on Saturday."

Anderson is a rare commodity at WSU -- a true freshman seeing notable playing time at a position where veterans have traditionally ruled.

"The coaches tell me I'm going to play a lot," Anderson said. "I'm just trying to work hard, like when I got into fall camp ... hopefully that will get me a lot more playing time on the field on Saturdays."

The Cougs practiced under cool and cloudy skies Wednesday in preparation for Saturday's tussle with the Ducks.

A week after the Cougar defense blitzed on nearly every play, fans should not expect to see the same this week. Oregon's spread offense makes it difficult to find the man with the ball.

Oregon comes in with starting quarterback Dennis Dixon ranked atop the Pac-10 in passing efficiency, and running back Jonathan Stewart the second leading rusher in the conference with 623 yards. Oregon averages 43.6 points a game.

NOTABLE NOTES:

- Safety Alfonso Jackson remained in a yellow no-contact jersey as he continues to recover from a concussion.

- This will be the first time since 2003 that the Cougs will play in Eugene. The only player on the current roster who played in that game was linebacker Chris Baltzer.

- Cougar QB Alex Brink now holds three of the four major passing records in WSU history. Earlier this season Brink moved to the top of the attempts and completions lists, and last Saturday added passing yards to the group. Next up for Brink is the career touchdown passes list. He trails Jason Gesser (71) by four.

- There will be no live TV coverage of the WSU-Oregon game, which kicks off at 12:30.

- Senior wide receiver Michael Bumpus needs 16 receptions to move by legendary Hugh Campbell on WSU's all-time career receptions list.


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