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HOT COUGAR ACTION: Good News And Bad News On the Injury Front

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Preparations for San Diego State wrapped up Thursday, with the football team going through their final practice before traveling to San Diego today. On the injury front, there was some good news and some not so good news. 

Let's start with the good news. Paul Wulff said redshirt freshman Toni Pole is probable for Saturday's game. Brian has touched on what kind of player Pole is and his presence will be a major boost to the defense. Jeff mentioned this in one of the comment threads, but Pole may be the most important defender on the team.

Now for the bad news. Senior center Andrew Roxas is listed as doubtful. Roxas injured his ankle during the UNLV game and looks as if he will not play this weekend. Junior College transfer Taylor Meighen will take over at center. Roxas has been bitten by the injury bug throughout his WSU career including a shoulder injury, an illness and now an ankle injury.

To avoid ending this on a down note, here is some more good news. While appearing on the Kevin Calabro show (Wulff comes on at the 14:00 mark), Wulff said Jeff Tuel could be medically cleared in three weeks. Tuel has been doing some light throwing and will begin to throw more starting Sunday. A three week timeline gives Tuel an outside shot to return for the UCLA game, with a better chance to return the following week against Stanford.

WSU Football

WSU faces big challenge stopping Hillman - Spokesman.com - Sept. 15, 2011
PULLMAN – When it comes to challenges, San Diego State’s football team will present more to visiting Washington State on Saturday than any of the Cougars’ previous two opponents.

WSU set for San Diego State - SportsLink - Spokesman.com - Sept. 15, 2011
ulff was asked about the main injuries, defensive tackle Toni Pole and center Andrew Roxas. Wulff said Pole was probable and that he would practice Thursday (he did). Roxas, Wulff said, was doubtful.

Paul Wulff has high praise for WR Marquess Wilson - WSU Blog articles - MyNorthwest.com
Washington State University's football team is 2-0 after only winning two games total in 2010. A big reason for the Cougars' newfound success has been the play of sophomore wide receiver Marquess Wilson, who already has 193 receiving yards and a pair of touchdowns this season.

The Cougs head to San Diego - WSU Blog articles - MyNorthwest.com
Last season, the SDSU Aztecs went 9-4 and got their first bowl win in four decades. This season, they return star QB Ryan Lindley, RB Ronnie Hillman and the majority of last year's starters. They do not return a head coach, though, as Brady Hoke jetted off to Michigan in the off-season, leaving behind perfect weather and beaches for uber-scrutiny and yearly beatings from Ohio State.

Cougars finally giving fans reason to get excited | SignOnSanDiego.com
The Red Lion Barbecue and Pub in Spokane is eight blocks from Gonzaga University, 75 miles from Pullman, home of the Washington State Cougars.

Cougars Face First Real Test of Season - SWX Right Now-Sports for Spokane, CdA, Tri-Cities, WA
After beating Idaho State and then UNLV at home, the first real test for Washington State comes this weekend when they travel to San Diego to take on the Aztecs of the Mountain West Conference.

Sterk admits to some regrets over WSU football - Spokesman.com - Sept. 15, 2011
Jim Sterk ran the athletic department at Washington State longer than anyone in the last 40 years and hired 17 head coaches, including the men who revived the flat-lining basketball and baseball programs. There were three bowl games and a Sweet 16 in there, and the athletic graduation rate on his watch was second only to Stanford in what was then the Pac-10.

Meet DJ Shelton

Get to Know D.J. Shelton | Washington State Cougars Official Athletic Site

Each day this week the Crimson ZZU and www.wsucougars.com will have short video clips on the five newcomers for the 2011-12 men's basketball team. Today we continue with junior college-transfer D.J. Shelton.

Expansion links

Rivals.com College Football - WAC a cautionary tale for superconferences
The move to 16 teams would come about because of TV contracts, and a collection of 16 major universities sprinkled in massive population centers with big TV markets would seem to equal huge broadcast revenues. The recent TV deal signed by the Pac-12 was enormous. How much more loot could the league get with a 16-team format? But as the WAC showed, such large conference often mean a diverse set of agendas and priorities that don't always match.

Texas drove everyone away, now begging for ACC acceptance - NCAA Football - Sporting News

No matter where you are on this ever changing, wildly uncertain, mildly entertaining ride we call college football expansion, we all eventually get off on the same stop and stare. That day is today—at the corner of burnt orange and karma.. 

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