WSU ROUNDUP: Honorary captain a mystery

ONE FORMER WSU football player or coach will be named an honorary captain at each home game this season. The identity of the honorary captain will be kept quiet until game day, when he will emerge from the tunnel and onto the field prior to the game.

The honorary captains concept is part of coach Paul Wulff's continuing efforts to build connections between past and current Cougars.

-- Walden's day off: Former WSU quarterback Mark Rypien will fill in for radio analyst Jim Walden during Saturday's broadcast of the football game with Stanford.

Walden is attending an athletes reunion at the University of Wyoming, where he was a star quarterback. The former Cougar coach will be inducted into the WSU Athletic Hall of Fame on Sept. 18.

--Broadcast Notes: For the television broadcast on Saturday, the FSN-NW broadcast team will be Tom Glasgow,former Seahawk Mack Strong and Jason Stiles.

FSN-NW will also replay the Cougs vs. Stanford on Sunday at 8 p.m.

Early hurtin': The NFL regular season has yet to begin but three former Washington State Cougars are already out for the year, another has been cut, and two veterans are questionable for the start of the season.

Devard Darling, Devin Frischknecht and Cory Withrow have all been placed on injured reserve, ruling them out for any games during the 2009 season.

Darling, starting at wide receiver for Kansas City, suffered torn knee ligaments in last Saturday's preseason game with Seattle. Frischknecht, a rookie tight end with Green Bay, broke his right leg against Buffalo. Frischknecht was trying to stick with the Packers as an undrafted free agent. Withrow, a veteran offensive lineman recently signed by Seattle, was shut down for the year with a hip injury.

The Seahawks cut ex-Cougar wide receiver Michael Bumpus on Tuesday. He made one start in limited duty as an undrafted rookie with Seattle last year.

Former Pro Bowl cornerback Marcus Trufant has yet to practice with the Seahawks in training camp after injuring his back during a summer workout. Coach Jim Mora said Trufant may be deactivated for at least the first six games.

Another former crimson Pro Bowler, Detroit kicker Jason Hanson, might not be ready for the Sept. 13 opener due to a recent arthroscopic knee operation. Hanson, entering his 19th season, ranks seventh on the all-time NFL scoring list.

-- Zimmer stars: Former WSU defensive coordinator Mike Zimmer, with plenty of colorful language, can be seen and heard on HBO's "Hard Knocks" series on NFL training camps. The Cincinnati Bengals are this year's subject for the weekly episodes, and Zimmer -- Cincinnati's defensive coordinator -- is getting plenty of screen time. Bengals offensive coordinator Bob Bratkowski, a former WSU player and assistant coach, pops up on occasion.

-- Crew cited: Individuals involved in the renovation of Martin Stadium 30 years ago will be honored during the Stanford game. Construction crews were able to increase seating and move seats closer to the field by lowering the playing field 16 feet. It marked the first time a college football stadium had been enlarged by digging down rather than building up.

-- Baseball honors: Baseball American magazine named five Cougars to leading pro prospects lists for summer college leagues.

Pitchers Adam Conley (seventh) and Chad Arnold (eighth) were tabbed in the New England Collegiate Baseball League. Pitcher Seth Harvey was picked seventh and outfielder Kyle Johnson 10th in the West Coast League. Pitcher Rusty Shellhorn was the No. 9 selection out of the Prospect League.

-- Horner rewarded: Former Cougar catcher Jim Horner spent nine years in the Seattle Mariners farm system without ever reaching the bigs. The Mariners rewarded him for his loyalty by hiring him as a minor league manager, but his first three teams finished well below .500. In his fourth year as a minor league skipper, however, Horner has guided the Class A High Desert Mavericks of Adelanto, Calf., to an 81-54 record, and he was named Manager of the Year in the California League.

-- Bonine recalled: Former WSU pitcher Eddie Bonine has been recalled by the Detroit Tigers for the stretch run. Bonine and Baltimore Orioles pitcher Mark Hendrickson are the only former Cougars playing in the major leagues. Another WSU product, Don Long, is the batting coach of the Pittsburgh Pirates.

Bonine spent most of the season with Detroit's top farm club, the Class AAA Toledo Mud Hens of the International League. He was 4-5 with a 4.41 earned run average at Toledo. He's 0-0 with a 7.07 ERA in five games spread over three stints with Detroit this season.

-- Alumni baseball: The annual WSU Alumni Baseball Game will be played at 10 a.m. Saturday at Bailey-Brayton Field. Admission is free.

-- Soccer challenge: The Cougar soccer team plays at 3 p.m. today at Gonzaga. WSU, which fell out of the Top 25 after losing to Colorado College last weekend, then visits No. 5 Florida State on Sunday. The 10 a.m. PDT contest is available to qualified satellite TV viewers on DirecTV Channel 653 or Dish Network Channel 422.

Florida State is 3-0 and has outscored opponents 18-0. WSU is 2-1 heading into the game with Gonzaga. The Cougars have just two more home games until Oct. 23.

-- Eneroth debuts: Former Cougar standout Amy Eneroth, who won a qualifying tournament last month to earn the right to play in the LPGA Safeway Classic last weekend, missed the cut after shooting rounds of 78 and 81 at the Pumpkin Ridge Golf Club near Portland. Ex-Cougar Kim Welch (79-73) also missed the cut.

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