Aug. 6, 2006
PULLMAN, Wash - The Washington State Cougar football team opened fall camp this Sunday afternoon, Aug. 6, with a 3:30 p.m. practice on Rogers Field. WSU rookies reported to campus Friday, Aug. 4, while returning veterans reported Saturday, Aug. 5.
PRACTICES THIS WEEK: The WSU Cougars will hold morning practices throughout the first week of fall camp...Monday through Friday morning practices will begin at 9:00 a.m.
FIRST CONTACT: The Cougars will conduct their first contact practice in full pads Thursday, Aug. 10, at 9:00 a.m.
SCRIMMAGES: The Cougars will conduct three full-scale scrimmages during fall camp...they will be held (1) Saturday, Aug. 12, at 2:30 p.m., (2) Wednesday, Aug. 16, at 7:30 p.m. and (3) Saturday, Aug. 19, at 2:30 p.m....WSU will hold a game-like practice Saturday, Aug. 26, 4:45 p.m., prior to the Cougar opener Sept. 2 at Auburn, but the workout will be non-contact.
NUMBERS CHANGE: Several returning Cougar veterans will be wearing new uniform numbers this fall...they include Ian Bell (13), Lance Broadus (9), Darryl Blunt (8), Brandon Gibson (4), Courtney Williams (6) and Dwayne Patterson (21).
POSITION CHANGES: Only two WSU returners will find themselves in a different position when practice begins Sunday...sophomore Ian Bell moves from defensive back to running back this fall while Tim Freeberg slides over a spot from defensive tackle to defensive end.
BRUCE GAINING PRESEASON HONORS: Senior defensive end Mkristo Bruce, who joined head coach Bill Doba at the Pacific-10 Conference Football Media Day last month, has been pulling in the pre-season honors...Bruce has been named to the watch lists for the Bronko Nagurski Award, Ted Hendricks Award and Lott Trophy, along with being named to several pre-season All-America teams, including Sporting News (2nd team), Street & Smith's (3rd team) and Phil Steele's (4th team).
INJURY UPDATE: Several Cougars who did not participate in spring drills or saw limited action have been cleared medically for participation in fall camp...they include: Pitoitua Ropati (leg), Cody Boyd (heel), Joe Eppele (foot surgery), A'I Ahmu (broken foot), Lance Broadus (hernia repair), Final Rabb III (hernia repair)...one returning veteran, Jason Stripling, has not been medically cleared since extensive shoulder surgery and is not expected to practice any time soon.
NATION TAKING NOTICE OF HILL: Following back-to-back seasons where he set schools records for touchdown receptions, senior Jason Hill is finding himself on almost everyone's preseason All-America lists...Hill is a third-team selection by Street & Smith's, Athlon and Phil Steele...additionally, the Sporting News has him rated as the sixth-best receiver in the nation.
COUGARS GARNER PRESEASON PAC-10 HONORS: Several WSU players have been named to various preseason All-Pac-10 teams, with Mkristo Bruce and Jason Hill both garnering numerous first-team selections...below is a recap of which Cougars were all-conference selections and the publications that named them:
DEIDERICHS, ATKINS WILL NOT REPORT: Two WSU recruits who had committed to WSU last spring have not met NCAA eligibility requirements and will not enroll at WSU this fall...they are defensive back Cornorris Atkins from Reseda, Calif., and Cleveland High, and running back J.T. Deiderichs from Seattle and Dixie State College.
THREE COUGS AWAIT NCAA CLEARANCE: Three Cougar football recruits are still in the process of meeting NCAA eligibility requirements and will not be a part of the team until that process has been completed...they are freshman Marcus Richmond (Mesa Arizona) and transfers Bryan Tarkington (Woodland Hills, Calif.), and Brian Walker (Hackensack, N.J.)...Richmond is a running back out of Dobson High, Walker a defensive back from College of the Canyons, and Tarkington a defensive tackle from Moorpark JC...no time table has been set for the clearance of any of the three players.