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HOT COUGAR ACTION: Walk-Ons Proving Their Mettle At WSU

There just isn't a lot out there of note today, but I do want to highlight this story from Christian Caple at the Moscow-Pullman Daily News.

It's about the walk-on program at WSU, which Paul Wulff has repeatedly stated is important to a program. It seems to be paying off at the moment, as a couple of guys -- Jack Wilson and Bennett Bontemps -- are already playing as true freshmen on special teams. You might remember that Bontemps recovered the onside kick at the beginning of the game against Arizona. Cool story on the challenges they face without scholarships.

On a side note, I'm so happy for Bontemps. He's a graduate of the school I teach at. I didn't have him in class, but I did watch most of his games last year, and at no point did I ever think to myself, "Wow, that's a Pac-10 athlete! I wonder why nobody's recruiting him?" I thought he could be moderately successful at a place like Eastern or Central, but I didn't envision this. I'm glad he's proving me -- and everyone else -- wrong. 

On to the links!

WSU Football News

WSU saves wear and tear at practice - SportsLink - - Oct. 19, 2010
The offensive line is in flux, as you well know, but Wulff was non-committal concerning what will happen. We can tell you that, at Tuesday’s practice, John Fullington spent the entire time at left tackle with the ones, with Micah Hannam at right tackle. The twos included, from left to right, Alex Reitnouer (Wulff said there is still a chance his redshirt could be pulled if that was what they needed and Reitnouer agreed to it), Andrew Roxas, Chris Prummer, Elliott Bosch and Skylar Stormo.

Paul Wulff Radio Show Re-cap: Trick Plays, Naughty Agents, Soft Verbals and more! - WSU Football Blog

Cougs call on true freshman at left tackle | WSU Cougars - The News Tribune
Come Saturday, Fullington will have just one assignment, but it is a very demanding one. Washington State offensive line coach Steve Morton said Tuesday that Fullington will start at left tackle against 12th-ranked Stanford.

Local News | Pick Six: Teams with brutal schedules | Seattle Times Newspaper
Some teams are simply doomed from the start, stuck with schedules that give them no hope of having a good seasons. (WSU is on the list.)

Last Chance to Send Veterans and Soldiers to the Nov. 6 Cal Football Game - WASHINGTON STATE OFFICIAL ATHLETIC SITE
Time is running out for Cougar fans to join WSU Athletics in a special effort to send United States Armed Forces veterans and active duty soldiers to the Armed Forces Day football game, Nov. 6.

WSU Basketball News

First up, a video from their photo shoot yesterday:

Men's Basketball Adds to Television Schedule - WASHINGTON STATE OFFICIAL ATHLETIC SITE
Fox Sports Net Northwest has picked up the Nov. 23 meeting against Portland, as part of the Cougar Hardwood Classic at KeyArena in Seattle. The game will serve as the Cougars' television debut of the 2010-11 season. FSN Northwest will also televise five of WSU's Pacific-10 Conference games. The Cougars will be seen regionally when they travel to USC (Dec. 31), Oregon State (Feb. 5) and Arizona State (Feb. 19). Home contests against Oregon (Jan. 8) and Arizona (Jan. 22) were also added to this year's TV schedule and will be seen on FSN NW.

Preseason NCAA Bid Outlook: The Big Six Conferences - Blogging the Bracket
Bubble: Arizona, UCLA, Washington State, Arizona State

Other WSU News

Bill Moos Weekly Podcast - WASHINGTON STATE OFFICIAL ATHLETIC SITE - Blog 10 Youthful Questions for Jazmine Perkins

Pac-10 News

Stanford coach has all the luck - - Oct. 19, 2010
"I was thinking just the other night about this," Harbaugh said. "Two people in my life, my wife and our quarterback, Andrew Luck, have a lot in common. They are just both perfect. With most people you say, ‘if they only didn’t do that or do this,’ or you wish they could do this or do that. But I don’t do that with my wife Sarah or with Andrew Luck. They are both just absolutely perfect the way they are."