UPDATED: Wulff's status report on young Cougs

SKYLAR STORMO

NEWS AND NOTES aplenty coming out of Pullman, including updates on incoming freshmen Toni Pole, Tracy Clark, Al Lapuaho and more, TE Skylar Stormo is on the mend, some players might start out camp limited in the early going before being turned loose to go full speed, LB Louis Bland might redshirt this year, there's a new defensive graduate assistant and much more.

Pole will indeed be good to go and is expected to take the field on Sunday, said Wulff.

"He had to do a couple extra core classes. There was an issue with his high school… he has excellent grades, 3.0-plus, high test scores, he's a qualifier but what happened was he was a core short and his high school--to make a long story short he had to stay this summer to take some (online) courses to get the right number of core classes. But everything seems fine, it's all turned in," said Wulff.

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Additional updates from Wulff this afternoon included:

TE Skylar Stormo broke a hand in early July but is "coming along well", said Wulff.

LB Louis Bland (knee) has made progress, but he is not cleared to start camp. The next four weeks could indicate how his season will go -- by the first game week if he is not ready to play, Wulff said there was a "high probability" he would redshirt. Wulff said it has been known from the first surgery that a year's rehab time would be necessary.

There are some additional sprains and such that may "slow some guys down" the first few days of camp and they may be limited to start out the camp, said Wulff.

Wulff said the Cougs are likely to be in a position in 2010 where they play some true freshmen in spots whereas next season, they wouldn't necessarily slide them in right away. "We're one year away. A year from now I'd be surprised if we had to play any to be quite honest. But this year we'll probably have to do it one more season," said Wulff, who said he thought next season the Cougs might play as few as 1-2 true frosh.

Chad Eaton is the new defensive graduate assistant, said Wulff. He'll be working with the defense and assisting d-line coach Malik Roberson.


Another DT, recent addition Al Lapuaho, is continuing to wait for what is an expected green light. Lapuaho could arrive in Pullman by this weekend, or it could end up being a few days later, depending on when the NCAA issues clearance.

DE Xavier Cooper more than likely will grayshirt, said Wulff. CB Tracy Clark was also awaiting clearance.

"His file is being reviewed but I think that will be okay," said Wulff.

An offensive lineman, redshirt freshman to be William Prescott, has left WSU, Wulff said. Prescott had dropped a large amount of weight during his first year, he was down to a listed 261 and was towards the bottom of the pre-spring depth chart.

Prescott's father, Thomas, told CF.C that William wanted to pursue his interest in boxing, "with an eye to the 2012 Olympics in London." Should the 261 pound lad make it, he will not be the first Cougar footballer to step into the Olympic ring. In 1956 in Melbourne, Cougar lineman Pete Rademacher, the pride of Yakima County, captured Olympic Gold in the heavyweight division and one year later fought Floyd Patterson for the world heavyweight championship.

S Jay Matthews (shoulder) had arthroscopic surgery in June.

"Right now the plan is they think he'll be cleared to start lifting weights full strength in October. The reality is if he makes an earlier recovery than thought, then he could play this year. If they don't think it's proper, then he'll sit out the year and probably apply for a sixth year when it comes time to do that. I think he qualifies for that if it comes up down the road," said Wulff.

Matthews is entering his redshirt sophomore season in 2010.

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