WSU Football Opens Fall Camp

Aug. 4, 2008

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COUGARS OPEN FALL CAMP: The Washington State University football team, under first-year head coach Paul Wulff, opens fall camp Tuesday.

The Cougars will go with a split squad in helmets only, with Crimson (first and second units) at 9 a.m., and Gray (select returners and newcomers)at 2:30 p.m.

The two squads will switch times Wednesday, and then come together Thursday in helmets and shoulder pads, practicing at 9 a.m. The first full-pad practice will be Saturday at 9 a.m.

GIBSON, ALFRED ON WATCH LISTS: WSU senior wide receiver Brandon Gibson and junior center Kenny Alfred were each named to 2008 preseason watch lists this summer.

Gibson was named to the Maxwell Award Watch List, awarded annually to the nation's most outstanding college football player. For the second straight year Alfred was named to the Rimington Award Watch List, awarded annually to the nation's top center.

WULFF AMONG NATION'S YOUNGEST COACHES: At age 41, first-year WSU Head Coach Paul Wulff is the 13th-youngest Football Bowl Subdivision head coach, according to a poll of responding sports information directors.

SEVEN COUGARS ON PRESEASON ALL-PAC-10 TEAMS: Washington State senior wide receiver Brandon Gibson was named to Phil Steele's Preseason All-America Team, and is one of seven Cougars named to the Preseason All-Pacific-10 Conference Team.

Gibson, who led the conference and set a WSU single-season record with 1,180 yards in 2007, garnered third-team All-America and first-team All-Pac-10 accolades.

Also garnering preseason All-Pac-10 accolades were redshirt junior running back Dwight Tardy, senior offensive tackle Vaughn Lesuma and senior defensive tackle A'i Ahmu, who were each named to the third team, and junior defensive end Andy Mattingly, senior middle linebacker Greg Trent and sophomore defensive back Chima Nwachukwu, who were each named honorable mention.

SIX WSU GAMES TO BE TELEVISED: WSU and FSN recently announced an agreement to televise the Cougars' Sept. 20 football home game against Portland State with a 4 p.m. kickoff.

Five other Cougar games have already been selected for television, including WSU's season-opener against Oklahoma State (Aug. 30) at Qwest Field in Seattle. The game will be televised live by FSN with a 12:30 p.m. kickoff.

FSN will televise three additional Cougar home games: the game against California, Sept. 6, which is scheduled for a 3:30 p.m. kickoff; the game against USC, Oct. 18, which is scheduled for a 12:30 p.m. start; and the annual Apple Cup against Washington, Nov. 22, televised by FSN with a noon start from Pullman. The lone televised road contest at this point comes when the Cougars travel to Waco, Texas to face Baylor, Sept. 13. That game will also be televised by FSN with an 11:30 a.m. local (9:30 a.m. PT) start.
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