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December 2, 2010 at 5:56 PM

Thursday practice report

I’ve actually made it over to Pullman already, where it’s predictably cold and snowing — a light dusting at the moment, and the roads are clear.
As for the Huskies, they held their last Thursday practice of the regular season. According to reports from those who were there, Senio Kelemete practiced, splitting time with Erik Kohler at left tackle. And Kiel Rasp punted, so he looks good to go.
UW coach Steve Sarkisian said Rasp was fine but that he couldn’t tell yet if Kelemete would be available.
He also said that he thought practice this week “was good. I thought it was spirited but focused. I think that’s a credit to our team of understanding how to deal with emotion, but yet channel it in the right direction and focus on the task at hand.”
And he said that he senses a little more excitement from the players this week.
“I think that’s natural. In all rivalries, that’s natural. Teams have a tendency to be more spirited. But we’re a pretty spirited group in general.”
Asked about the potential that at least there may be no wind in Pullman Saturday, Sarkisian noted that the wind kicks up in Pullman when a dog, uh, sneezes, so that he wouldn’t count it out.
“Fortunately, we practice in the wind quite a bit. The wind kind of kicks through Husky Stadium quite a bit,” he said. “We’re used to it, in a sense, that way. It’s not ideal, by any means, but
you get used to practicing in it.”
He was also asked if he thought WSU’s three-week break might mean the Cougars will throw in some surprises.
“Obviously, the extended practice time, it’s a rivalry game, that heightens it,” he said. “Those things happen. Like I said yesterday, you expect the unexpected in games like this. But one of the keys is not to get paralysis by analysis, either, and trying to worry about all the what-ifs, what-ifs, what-ifs, and you don’t play the game that’s right in front of you.”
The Huskies will fly to Pullman on Friday (so no long bus trips over the pass). That limits the team to 70 on the active roster, though others can drive over and stand on the sidelines if they wish.

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