Nolan Washington will start against Southern Utah

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WSU is getting healthy in the secondary and as a result, Daquawn Brown will move back into a backup role.

With Southern Utah on the schedule this week, many are expecting WSU to get healthy statistically on Saturday. WSU may indeed pad some numbers against Southern Utah, but the Cougars are also getting healthy physically.

Nolan Washington and Anthony Carpenter participated in practice again on Wednesday and both are expected to play on Saturday. In fact. according to Christian Caple, Mike Breske said Washington will start. That means freshman Daquawn Brown will return to a backup role, although I'd expect him to play quite a bit.

Speaking of Christian, his time on the WSU beat is limited as he will soon head to the Tacoma News Tribune.

Christian did a tremendous job filling the shoes of Vince Grippi and now someone else will have the task of replacing him. He'll stay on until the Stanford game and then we'll see where things go from there. Maybe Grippi will return, we can hope.

Football:

WSU live chat, 1 p.m. - SportsLink - Spokesman.com - Sept. 11, 2013
Yeah, it's not an area they've necessarily excelled in, but defensive coordinator Mike Breske said their run fits were pretty solid for the most part against USC. I think if they have trouble containing Southern Utah, that might point to a larger problem. But USC and Auburn are both physical, run-oriented teams, so you kind of have to take your medicine against those guys, to a certain extent.

Pac-12 class rankings analysis - Pac-12 Blog - ESPN
It doesn't appear that this will be a big recruiting weekend for Washington State, but the Cougars always have visitors on hand, and this weekend, they'll use last week's win against USC -- which is still resonating with recruits -- combined with a win over Southern Utah in their home opener, to land at least one commitment.

Conservative approach failed Kiffin’s Trojans - Spokesman.com - Sept. 11, 2013
His team lost the game, Lane Kiffin said, so of course there are going to be facets which the Southern California coach wishes his team had handled differently. Or that its coach had approached differently.

Pac-12 power rankings - Spokesman.com - Sept. 11, 2013
7 Washington St. (1-1, 1-0; last week: 10) – Don’t look now, but the Cougars are playing defense like a team that wants to play in December.

Wednesday notes: Washington to start - SportsLink - Spokesman.com - Sept. 11, 2013
We have some notes and quotes to pass along from Wednesday's practice, which was fairly garden-variety. If there are football players in your garden, anyway.

Leach says WSU focusing on next opponent | KING5.com Seattle
Washington State's rare victory at Southern California last weekend may be huge in the eyes of fans but coach Mike Leach says his focus has shifted to playing Southern Utah.

Cougars expect T-birds to flex muscles - Spokesman.com - Sept. 11, 2013
You don’t have to look at Southern Utah’s football team to believe what coach Mike Leach has been saying for a couple days now.

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