Jan. 20, 2004
PULLMAN, Wash. -- The Washington State men's basketball team will have a different look when it takes on Washington, Saturday (4 p.m. FOX Sports Net Northwest) at Friel Court.
Cougar Head Coach Dick Bennett announced Tuesday that Cody Boyd, a tight end on WSU's 2003 Holiday Bowl champion football team, will begin practicing with the basketball team this week. Bennett also announced senior center Ezenwa Ukeagu (Coral Springs, Fla.) has been suspended for two weeks following a curfew violation during the Cougars' road trip last week in Oregon.
Boyd, a redshirt-freshman on the football team, recorded 18 receptions for 230 yards and one touchdown in 2003. Boyd also blocked two field goals in the season opener against Idaho and added a blocked PAT against New Mexico. He was named an honorable mention freshmen All-American by Rivals.com.
A native of Bellingham, Boyd (6-7, 237) could help fill a void on the Cougars' front line. In addition to the absence of Ukeagu, the Cougars are without senior center Justin Bellegarde (Ukiah, Calif.), who is home tending to a family emergency.
"Cody Boyd gives us a physical presence that we need right now," Bennett said. "I am sure he can help us in the long run."
Bennett added, "Ezenwa Ukeagu's has been suspended for violating curfew. He will not play nor practice with the team this week or next."