Norrell miscue a Forzani opportunity?

PULLMAN–When one door closes, the saying goes, another one opens. And so it was Tuesday for Washington State's WR corps. On the same day the team's unity council, with Paul Wulff's approval, booted Kevin Norrell off the club for the rest of the season, Johnny Forzani returned from the foot injury that sidelined him for much of fall camp. By all accounts, the Canadian speedster looks 100 percent.

Forzani, a junior who transferred to WSU last winter, practiced at full speed Tuesday and ran without hesitation during 7-on-7 and 11-on-11 drills. Head coach Paul Wulff said if Forzani (6-1, 204) progresses well this week he could see his first action in crimson on Saturday when the Cougs host Hawaii at Qwest Field.

Kickoff is at 4 pm. More than 32,000 tickets to the game had been sold as of Monday morning, putting the game on pace to attract about 45,000 come game time, according to WSU officials.

Forzani has been listed as the No. 3 "X" receiver on WSU's depth chart behind Norrell and Jeshua Anderson. Norrell had earned the starting spot in fall camp but missed Saturday's opener because of flu. He was arrested early Sunday for driving under the influence and other infractions. The team's unity council, made up of players, subsequently dismissed the Los Angeles product from the team for the remainder of the season. He can stay in school on scholarship, but will not be allowed to work out with the team.

"I think it's the right decision," said Wulff. "No matter who you are, you're taking a risk when you make poor choices."

With Norrell out and fellow receiver Daniel Blackledge recovering from the flu, Jeshua Anderson and Jeffrey Solomon spilt time Tuesday running with the 1s alongside Jared Karstetter and Gino Simone.

Blackledge is no longer suffering from a fever, but Wulff said there is a 24-hour symptom-free period policy, and that he expects Blackledge to return to practice Wednesday.

Meanwhile, at quarterback, Kevin Lopina and Marshall Lobbestael continued to share time with the 1s. Like last week against Stanford, Lopina will get the start this weekend, while Lobbestael is expected to rotate in.

Lopina and Karstetter, who teamed up for a TD against Stanford, continue to show great chemistry in the aerial attack. Against the scout team Tuesday, they connected on a well-thrown 40- yard bomb.

"I'm just trying to go out there and give it my all," said Lopina. "If I make a mistake, then I make a mistake, I have nothing to lose I just want to go out there and play well enough so we can get a win."


  • Freshman walk on Joshua Garrett was also arrested over the weekend for minor exhibiting signs of consuming alcohol. He has been suspended for two weeks. Garrett was in practice on Tuesday, and will continue to practice with the team, but he won't suit up for the Cougars' next two games.

  • DT Toby Turpin saw an increased amount of time running with the 1's Tuesday in place of Bernard Wolfgramm.

  • Chima Nwachukwu continues to spend his time at CB on the opposite side of Brandon Jones. LeAndre Daniels and Xavier Hicks are the starting safeties.

  • Starting middle linebacker Louis Bland was suited up Tuesday but did not practice. Alex Hoffman-Ellis took his place with the 1s. It was unclear at press time why Bland wasn't practicing.

  • After what Wulff called "blunders" on special teams Saturday vs. Stanford, special teams coach Steve Broussard had his unit practice punt return coverage for about 20 minutes.

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