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A familiar face returned to the practice field as Washington State begins Sun Bowl prep.

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Alright, so it's finals week and there's not a lot going on in regards to Washington State Cougars athletics, but here I am, in charge of delivering some Hot Cougar Action, and that's what I intend to do.

The hottest of action happened on the football field last night when some guy named Gabriel Marks took the turf for the first time since that rivalry game occurred in Seattle last month. Marks, who suffered an apparent lower leg injury in the Apple Cup, was declared severely injured two weeks ago by an NFL Draft insider, but that was never the case.

For what it's worth, I'm hearing Marks is still up in the air regarding his NFL Draft status and that a decision will come after the bowl game. The deadline to declare for the NFL Draft is January 18.

According to John Gunther of The World newspaper, Zach Inskeep, a huge switch-hitting backstop out of North Bend, Oregon, has committed to Washington State and is expected to enroll in June. We're talking baseball here.

Back to football, and since I've been handed the controls for today's links, I'm going to plug our CougCenter Big Board, which is something you should read if you're into the whole recruiting football players thing.

Inside the big board you'll find that Washington State is in the mix for a four-star defensive end, who is down to Arizona (whom he previously de-committed from) and Washington State with visits to each school set up for next month.

Anyway, that's about as much hot action as you or I can handle during last day of finals. If you're a student, good luck. If you're not, get to work.

Go Cougs!

Football

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Basketball

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