JED COLLINS, one of the key cogs in the crimson offense, will begin the practice week on the sidelines in a boot as he rests an injured ankle. The news on the Cougar tight end isn't all bad, however.
The Cougs came out of the Stanford victory relatively healthy but the one big injury question is that status of Collins, whose ankle was rolled over on a fourth-quarter kickoff.
But Bill Doba said it is a regular ankle sprain and not a high- ankle sprain, which usually sidelines a player for a considerably longer time. Collins is also questionable, rather than doubtful, for Washington State's tilt against Oregon State on Saturday, said Doba.
"They're going to put him in a boot in the morning, he'll wear tennis shoes in the afternoon. He probably won't practice until Thursday -- if he can practice then," said Doba.
Collins has 52 catches for 512 yards this season, many of them coming in critical situations and on third down, placing him third in receptions behind Michael Bumpus (58) and Brandon Gibson (52). Collins led the Cougs with 10 catches against Stanford, good for 123 yards.
Washington State will have a light workout Monday. Doba said he mostly liked what he saw from the defense Saturday although he noted the Cougs had a couple chances for interceptions that went by the wayside. On offense, the pattern of moving the ball down the field but not being able to cash in enough times continued against Stanford.
"Offensively, we moved the ball well until we got to the red zone. We struggled a little bit in the red zone. We went for it on fourth down a couple times because we were moving the ball and I thought we could probably make it. One pass was a little bit behind, another just wasn't caught.
"I kind of second guess myself, maybe I should have kicked the field goal, but there's no guarantee the field goal is going to go through either, I think the Colts found that out last night," said Doba.
Washington State moved the ball to the 35-yard line or further on five occasions but came away with no points. Two fumbles were lost (Ivory, Brink) and the rest were turnovers on downs. Kicker Romeen Abdollmohammadi, who had been inconsistent at times this season, had his best game as a Cougar, kicking four field goals (40, 23, 32,31) on the day. He;s now hit seven straight.
"Romeen did a nice job, came back and hit four in a row. Greg Trent had a nice ballgame -- probably one of his better games defensively. And Husain Abdullah () played well," said Doba. "Offensively, Bumpus, it was great to see him get Hugh Campbell's record."
Bumpus broke the 45-year old WSU record (176) for most receptions in a career. He now has 183 with two regular season games remaining and a possible bowl game.
LOOKING AHEAD, OREGON STATE plays very physical defense and has a top notch running back in Yvenson Bernard, said Doba. Starting QB Sean Canfield is questionable according to the Oregon media with Lyle Moevao likely to get his second straight start.
Doba said all things being equal, you hope to see the backup QB and there wouldn't appear to be too much mystery to what OSU will try to do regardless of who lines up under the center.
"Obviously, we'd rather see the other guy but both of them are good enough," said Doba. "And I don't think they change their offense for one or the other...they're going to try and run the football.
"They spread the field, and you have to defend the entire field when you play them."
Thanksgiving Break starts on Friday and Doba is hoping the student body will stay for one more day and go home Sunday morning to give the Cougs their customary home field advantage, noting there is also a hoops game for the No. 10 ranked Cougars on Friday night.
The Cougs will also likely practice next Monday, said Doba, in anticipation of the Apple Cup with no school in session.