WSU spring practice: news, notes & quotes

THE COUGS WILL get some much needed running back help back in the crimson fold next month. Meanwhile, Bill Doba named on Tuesday who he expects to be the team's starting kicker against Wisconsin, details about coach Leon Burtnett's NFL study session, the defensive playbook is about to add a few pages to it and where Doba thinks the Cougs are this spring as compared to last, plus much more.
April 10, 2007

Scrimmage 2: 'Foot' Friday on the Palouse

PULLMAN — Forget the 42-yard touchdown run by Kevin McCall. No matter that Gary Rogers fired two TD passes. Or that the defense surrendered nearly 150 fewer yards than it did a week ago. For a crimson nation that's been closing its eyes on field goal attempts since Drew Dunning graduated, Washington State's second scrimmage of the spring season really made for a Good Friday. Make that Foot Friday.
April 6, 2007

SCRIMMAGE 1: Offense rules the day

PULLMAN—It was wall-to-wall sunshine but even the skies had a hard time on Friday matching the picture perfect performances of QBs Alex Brink and Gary Rogers in the Cougs' first spring scrimmage. There were solid hits and head-turning feats on defense but the offense ruled the day, scoring five touchdowns. Despite the shining stat line, Bill Doba is thankful the 2007 season is still a ways away.
March 30, 2007

Langley: Confidence is Key

PULLMAN -- It was a fitting end to practice Thursday, with kicker Loren Langley sailing the ball through the uprights to the overwhelming cheers of his teammates. The junior from Puyallup, 3-for-3 in last week's game against USC, said he's never lacked for confidence. But not everyone has felt the same certainty since a rough stretch that began with last year's Apple Cup win over Washington.
October 6, 2006

USC wins, but spirited Cougs send a message

PULLMAN – In the gloom of a valiant but failed fight against No. 2 USC, the crimson faithful could take solace in the answer to a question most of them have asked since the season began. Are these Cougars any good? A nailbiting 28-22 loss to the vaunted Trojans – in a game which went right down to the final snap – provided a convincing YES in the twilight of a gorgeous autumn day.
September 30, 2006

Practice Report: USC just another game?

PULLMAN -- It wasn't anything out of the ordinary. No big speeches, no special drills. Thursday's no-pads practice followed the same routine as always as the Cougs prepare to face off with the No. 2 ranked Southern Cal Trojans. And defensive coordinator Robb Akey didn't seem particularly intimidated Thursday. Plus, a ton of other news and notes from in and around Planet Coug.
September 28, 2006

Jordan's season in doubt, says Doba

FANS OF CRIMSON AERIALS can still recall the sense of anticipation toward the tail end of the '03 Washington State season. Sammy Moore and Scott Lunde were graduating but Devard Darling would be a senior the following year. Some kid named Jason Hill hadn't caught a pass yet, though his athleticism was striking even then. But it was freshman wonder Chris Jordan who really had the Palouse abuzz.
September 26, 2006