Fall Camp Opens With Rookies On Campus

Aug. 6, 2001

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WSU's rookies went through their first Cougar practice Saturday afternoon, their first of three workouts before fall camp officially opens Thursday, Aug. 9. The newcomers will also take part in numerous academic meetings during a four-day span leading up to Photo/Media Day activities Wednesday. Their schedule includes:

Friday, August 3 - All rookies report
Saturday, August 4 - Testing 8:30 a.m., rookie practice 3:30 p.m.
Sunday, August 5 - Meetings only
Monday, August 6 - Rookie practice 8:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m.
Tuesday, August 7 - Academic orientation day, meetings only, vets report by noon
Wednesday, August 8 - Media/Photo Day, 12:00-4:00 p.m.
Thursday, August 9 - Non-contact workouts at 8:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. (practice field)
Friday, August 10 - Special teams practice 10:00 a.m., non-contact workout at 3:30 p.m. (practice field)
Saturday, August 11 - Non-contact workouts at 8:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. (practice field)
Sunday, August 12 - First day of contact workouts with 2:30 practice and scrimmage #1, special teams practice 7:00
Monday, August 13 - Practices at 8:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. (practice field)
Tuesday, August 14 - Special teams practice 10:00 .m., practice at 3:30 p.m. (practice field)
Wednesday, August 15 - Practice 8:30 a.m., Scrimmage #2 at 3:30 p.m. (Martin Stadium)
Thursday, August 16 - Practice at 3:30 p.m. (practice field)
Friday, August 17 - Practices at 8:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. (practice field)
Saturday, August 18 - Scrimmage #3 at 8:30 a.m. (Martin Stadium), special teams practice 4:00 p.m.
Sunday, August 19 - Practice 2:30 p.m., special teams practice 7:00 p.m.
Monday, August 20 Practices at 8:30 a.m. land 3:30 p.m.
Tuesday, August 21 Practice at 3:30 p.m.
Wednesday, August 22 - Practice at 8:30 a.m. and Scrimmage #4 at 7:00 p.m. vs. Idaho O-D (Martin Stadium)
(All practice times tentative)

When WSU's rookies reported to camp Friday, all but two of the Cougars' 2001-02 recruits were on campus. Running backs Dwayne Wright (San Diego, Calif.) and Roger Smith (Beverly Hills, Calif.) were the only two who did not meet NCAA eligibility requirements.

The following injury report was issued Saturday, Aug. 4:

  • Troy Bienemann, freshman tight end, severe left elbow sprain from summer accident, out indefinitely,
  • Bryan Olson, freshman defensive lineman, possible cartilage tear in left knee, out indefinitely,
  • Curtis Nettles, junior wide receiver, left ankle sprain from summer drills, begins jogging Monday,
  • Mark Baldwin, senior tight end, partial PCL tear of left knee from summer drills, out indefinitely,
  • Ira Davis, sophomore safety, arch sprain from summer workout, out indefinitely,
  • Tomasi Kongaika, junior defensive lineman, left knee surgery following non-football injury, doubtful for Idaho,
  • Isaac Brown, sophomore defensive end, left knee bursitis from non-football injury during summer, out indefinitely,
  • Melvin Simmons, junior linebacker, left knee sprain playing basketball, scoped early July, out indefinitely,
  • Joe Williams, junior running back, recovering from February surgery to correct ACL injury, return Sept. 1,
  • James Price, senior linebacker, right knee sprain during summer workouts, practice as tolerated.

    WSU running back coach Kasey Dunn worked out five rookies at running back Saturday, Jimmy Wilson, Jevon Miller, Wes Patterson-Aumua, Allen Thompson and Rafeal Bolton. Both Miller and Patterson-Aumua were initially listed as defensive backs in WSU's opening roster.

    'We had six guys who ran 4.5 (seconds) and six who ran 4.6. We knew we didn't have anyone running 4.2 but the overall speed was excellent. We had three running backs who were 4.5 and that's where we need the help. The two linebackers ran 4.6 and 4.5. It's unbelievable they can run that fast.'

    'This is a real athletic group. I was real happy with the speed of the running backs and their athletic ability. Wes Patterson-Aumua ran a 4.5 and he was originally a defensive back.'

    'Our tight ends are big and athletic and Chris Hurd has a rocket for an arm. I can teach him to throw the soft pass, but if he couldn't throw it through the wall, that's a little hard to teach.'

    'I think at least four of our running backs can play. At least one is going to have to play.'

    'This is a better academic class than some. It seems they have taken care of business. They are here and ready to go. I don't think we are going to be waiting on several kids, as has been the case some years.'

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