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Spring ball Day 7: Trent back, Dildine loaded

PULLMAN -- The clouds rolled back and rays of sunshine broke through the Palouse sky on Friday. It proved a fitting metaphor as the Cougs, overdue for positive news on the injury front, welcomed back linebacker Greg Trent and receiver Brandon Gibson. Trent's emergence put a smile on the face of linebackers coach Leon Burtnett. The veteran assistant noted, however, that Trent's absence up to this point had a silver lining for Jason Stripling, who is now the team's new No. 2 middle linebacker.

Trent, who played without the cumbersome boot he had been wearing on an injured foot until last Tuesday, participated in a number of 7-6 and 11-11 drills. Wearing the yellow jersey emblematic of those nursing or just coming back from injuries, he wasn't involved in any overly aggressive or impressive plays, but the 5-10, 230-pound sophomore from Keller, Texas, looked quick and agile. Last...

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