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Cougs Pick QB, Huskies Excited For Season

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      Cougs pick scout team quarterback
SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) - Washington State football coach Paul Wulff
says he has found a scout team quarterback following tryouts that
were open to any WSU student.
Wulff says freshman Peter Roberts of Woodinville will be added
to the team.
Wulff says Roberts is smart and has enough or an arm. Roberts
was a three-year varsity letter winner in football at Woodinville
High School.
The process drew lots of media attention because the Cougars
lost their top two quarterbacks to injuries and are down to third
stringer Marshall Lobbestael and two reserves. That doesn't leave
someone to run the scout team.
The scout team quarterback simulates the offense of the next
opponent so the defense won't be surprised in the game. It requires
someone skilled enough to at least perform like a quarterback.
Wulff said Monday's tryout drew 29 candidates, with hundreds of
spectators and lots of reporters.
Each candidate performed five-step drops, agility drills, threw
on the run and then threw long, getting one chance at each drill.
      Huskies excited to start season
SEATTLE (AP) - Finally, a bit of promising optimism fromm a
sports team in this slumping city. Husky Basketball coach Lorenzo
Romar says his players are excited to start the season. The Huskies
begin practice late next week in preparation for their season
opener at Portland on Nov. 15. Romar is eager for practice to begin
so he can see how an experienced group of veteran leaders -
headlined by bruising forward Jon Brockman - meshes with some brash
and talented young stars, led by diminutive guard Isaiah Thomas.
The last two seasons have been underachieving disappointments
for Brockman and his teammates. Two years ago, with 7-footer
Spencer Hawes the main focus, Washington finished 19-12, but missed
the postseason. Last year, the Huskies qualified for the fledgling
College Basketball Invitational postseason tournament, only to lose
72-71 at home to Valparaiso in the first round. Washington finished
the year 16-17.
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