Cougars Lose Two Starters for ASU Showdown

Oct. 30, 2002

PULLMAN, Wash. -- Washington State University head football coach Mike Price confirmed Wednesday the loss of two defensive starters and the suspension of one kicker for Saturday's Pacific-10 Conference showdown with Arizona State.

Price said strongside linebacker Ira Davis has been suspended indefinitely and cornerback Jason David will be sidelined for four to six weeks with a fractured cheekbone suffered during an altercation Tuesday between the two Cougar starters. Price said the confrontation, which took place in the Cougar lockerroom, apparently was the result of a misunderstanding between the players.

Davis is a junior from Seattle, while David, who has six interceptions this season, including at least one in each of the last five games, is a junior from Covina, Calif.

Price also said he had suspended kickoff specialist Adam Holiday after a violation of team rules. He would not specify the nature of the violation, but said the suspension would be for one week.

Graham Siderius, a redshirt freshman, is expected to take over chores for Holiday, while Karl Paymah, a sophomore from Culver City, Calif., will start for David. No starter has been announced to replace Davis, although Price said backup Will Derting may take over the starting spot. Another possibility he said would be to move Pat Bennett to Davis' position and move Kevin Sperry to a starting role in Bennett's place at weakside linebacker.

Price also said two receivers who were injured in last Saturday's game at Arizona would miss action for several weeks. Senior Collin Henderson suffered a collar bone injury and will be limited to holding on field goals and conversion kicks, while junior Scott Lunde will be out four to six weeks with a back injury. WSU's medical staff said Lunde suffered a broken vertebra wing in his lower back when he was hit by a helmet.

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