WHAT DO YOU do for Week 2 if your defense gave up nearly 500 yards to Wisconsin in the season opener? Well, for one, if you're Bill Doba, you break out a crimson 4x4 up front. The starting d-line will have a new look against San Diego State and a new face or two will also be rotating in. A cornerback whose future looked very murky earlier in the week will travel, plus tons more news and notes.
September 6, 2007
PULLMAN -- Alex Brink was on target all afternoon long Wednesday and Alfonso Jackson turned in the play of the day, as the Cougs continued preparations for Saturday's game with San Diego State at Qwest Field. Off the field, a startling development, as highly touted incoming junior college safety Terry Mixon has apparently donned the crimson and gray for the last time and asked to transfer.
September 5, 2007
PULLMAN -- A position tweak on D, expected following Bill Doba's Monday presser, was evident Tuesday on the practice field as the Cougs directed all their attention towards San Diego State and Saturday's tilt at Qwest Field. Some welcome returns to full contact were seen, including an expected key contributor who buckled the chinstrap and got some turns with the 1s, plus a long-missed starter.
September 4, 2007
PULLMAN -- The Cougar defense received a double dose of good news Wednesday, with a pair of key players returning from the injury list, but when they're ready for game action is unclear. Meanwhile, an old coach made a visit to the sidelines, prompting an entreaty from Bill Doba to "get a whistle!" and help out. At QB, Alex Brink and Gary Rogers showed that feet can be mightier than the arm.
August 23, 2007
PULLMAN -- Following Thursday's morning practice on the heels of WSU's second scrimmage, Bill Doba talked d-line and about the benefits of fielding a 6-foot-8 defensive end. Clouds and cooler weather returned to Pullman as the Cougars went through a short, helmets-only session mostly about teaching and fundamentals in anticipation of the evening's full-pad practice. Plus, backup snappers and more.
August 17, 2007
PULLMAN -- Washington State players were back on the move at Tuesday's first practice after a day off on Monday. Coach Bill Doba spoke openly after the session about, among other things, an interesting change of pace. Action on the field included a receiving veteran turning in the catch of the day and one of the starting 'backers crashing the backfield so fast he almost could have taken the snap.
August 15, 2007
PULLMAN--Bill Doba loves to talk football almost as much as he loves to coach it. And when Doba gets to coach and talk defense, well, life doesn't get a whole lot better for Washington State's head man. Doba, depth chart in hand, sat down prior to Sunday night's practice and provided a position-by-position analysis of the Cougar D. Also, some injury news at 'backer, observations, plus much more.
August 12, 2007
PULLMAN—It was helmets and shoulder pads only Tuesday but the intensity was more that of a full pad session -- with a few spirited 'discussions' occurred between the offense and defense -- before, during and after play. Meanwhile, one of the two units asserted themselves most. A couple rookies were again singled out by Bill Doba for their performance. Plus, a bunch of crimson-hued news and notes.
August 7, 2007