Cougars Open Fall Football Practice
Aug. 5, 2007
PULLMAN, Wash. -
The Washington State Cougar football team opened its fall camp today with a 3:30 p.m. afternoon practice on Rogers Field. WSU rookies reported to campus Friday, Aug. 3, while returning veterans reported Saturday, Aug. 4.
'First day, there was a lot of teaching going on,' said WSU Head coach Bill Doba. 'I thought there was pretty good retention from spring ball and the effort was good.'
The Cougars will continue the first week of camp Monday morning with a 9 a.m. practice on Rogers Field.
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.
MEDIA AVAILABILITY: WSU Cougar players and coaches are available for media access following each practice during fall camp...media outlets needing additional time or requests should contact the WSU Sports Information office at 509-335-2684 at least 24 hours in advance.
FIRST CONTACT: The Cougars will conduct their first contact practice in full pads Thursday, Aug. 9, at 9:00 a.m.
SCRIMMAGES: The Cougars will conduct three full-scale scrimmages during fall camp...they will be held (1) Saturday, Aug. 11, at 2:30 p.m., (2) Wednesday, Aug. 15, at 2:30 p.m. and (3) Saturday, Aug. 18, at 7:30 p.m. WSU will hold a game-like practice Saturday, Aug. 25, 2:30 p.m., prior to the Cougar opener Sept. 1 at Wisconsin, but the workout will be non-contact.
POSITION CHANGES: Only one WSU returner will find himself in a different position when practice begins Sunday...redshirt freshman Cornorris Atkins has moved from his defensive back position to wide receiver.
COUGARS ON TV: Washington State University's season-opener game at Wisconsin, Sept. 1, is the first of five live television appearances by Cougars this season. The game will be shown by ABC and the network will also televise the Cougar game at USC Sept. 22. Additionally, FSN will televise the UCLA game, Oct. 27, and the Cal game, Nov. 3, while FSN Nw will show the WSU-Idaho contest Sept. 15. Both ABC and FSN can select additional games during the course of the 2007 season, with selections made six or 12 days in advance of the games.
COUGAR TICKETS AVAILABLE: WSU football season tickets, along with single-game tickets, including the Sept. 8 Cougar Gridiron Classic presented by Washington's Beef Producers game versus San Diego State at Qwest Field, are currently on sale...tickets are available online at www.wsucougars.com, by phone at 1-800-GO-COUGS, or through all Ticketmaster outlets.
BRINK DEAN OF PAC-10 QUARTERBACKS: Senior Alex Brink begins his final campaign as the dean of Pacific-10 Conference quarterbacks...Brink enters the 2007 season having started his last 28 games dating back to his freshman season...that mark is 10 ahead of Arizona State junior Rudy Carpenter's 18 and 14 more than California's Nate Longshore (14)...USC senior John David Booty is next of the list after starting all 13 games last season.
COUGARS PICKED EIGHTH IN PAC-10 POLL: The Washington State Cougars were picked to finish eighth in the 2007 Pacific-10 Conference preseason poll of West Coast media members who regularly cover the league, the conference announced at its annual media day last month...four-time defending Pac-10 champion USC is a unanimous selection to repeat as conference champion for the fifth year in a row...following the Trojans were California, UCLA, Arizona State, Oregon State, Oregon, Arizona, Washington State, Washington and Stanford.
NEW ADDITIONS TO COACHING STAFF: For the first time in Bill Doba's head coaching tenure at WSU, the coaching staff has seen more than a little tinkering...new to the Cougars staff this season are defensive line coach Marty Long, running backs coach Steve Broussard and cornerbacks coach Dave Walkosky...the three join Mike Levenseller (offensive coordinator/wide receivers), Timm Rosenbach (quarterbacks), George Yarno (offensive line), Mike Walker (defensive tackles), Greg Peterson (tight ends/recruiting coordinator) and Leon Burtnett (safeties) on Doba's staff...as for the head coach, he also has added duties for 2007, taking over the role of defensive coordinator while working with the linebackers.
WSU FOOTBALL RECOGNIZED BY AFCA: Northwestern University and the University of Notre Dame received the American Football Coaches Association's 2007 Academic Achievement Award this summer, which is presented annually by the Touchdown Club of Memphis...the schools recorded a 95 percent graduation rate for members of their freshman classes of 2001-2002...thirty-two other institutions were recognized for graduating 70 percent or more of their football student-athletes. The only Pacific-10 Conference school to be recognized was Washington State University...the overall graduation rate of the 107 schools that responded to the survey was 60 percent, surpassing the mark of 58 percent in each of the previous two years...fifty-two of the members responding were above the average and 55 were below the average...the median graduation rate was 59 percent, compared to 57 percent for the last two years...the study involves the freshman class from the academic year of 2001-2002, including those who entered at that time but who did not receive financial aid until after their initial year, or who transferred from another institution and subsequently received a grant-in-aid.