BIG QUESTION for Washington State for Saturday’s Apple Cup: wide receiver availability Renard Belloffensive lineman Ma’ake Fifita and strong safety Jordan Lee. After practice on Wednesday, head coach Jake Dickert he updated all three. He also spoke about the importance of the Apple Cup, stressing that it is just another game on the schedule.
Lee seems the most likely to return in a vibrant capacity.
“Ma’ake could be more of an emergency effort,” Dickert said. “J Lee has been practicing all week and Renard will be more of a game decision.”
Bell missed four games but returned against Arizona without re-injuring it. Lee was injured against Wisconsin, missed three games and returned against USC only to be injured again against Utah and miss the final three games. Fifita was injured against Arizona State and missed last week’s game.
THE APPLE CUP, Dickert emphasized Wednesday, simply means more. As a coach, Dickert said it’s a fine line between stressing too much and seeing players get too emotional or play too tight, vs. treating it like another game.
“Let’s be clear, this is not another game — I want to make sure that’s clear,” Dickert said. “Our guys know the importance of it, we understand it. But at the end of the day, it’s about your approach to how you handle those things.”
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WSU IN A released on Monday noted Jarrett Kingston and Jack Wilson they would be waiving their eligibility and walking as seniors before the Apple Cup on Saturday at 7:30 p.m.
“We would love to have Jarrett back,” Dickert said. “He wants to take an opportunity at the next level which we fully support. Any decision I don’t think is fully finalized but at the end of the day, anyone who doesn’t know if they want play college football again, I want them to walk if they don’t know. Jarrett fully deserves this opportunity. Whatever happens after the season, he will make that decision and whatever is best for him. “
Dickert said Wilson’s eligibility was “strange” because of his years playing college basketball and oddly enough, the additional COVID year only counted for basketball as that was what Wilson was playing at the time. So by the NCAA’s logic, Wilson isn’t really eligible for football.
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With 11 other seniors also out of eligibility, Dickert was asked what this senior class meant to the program. Yesterday, the Cougar head man sent out a series of tweets with a few comments on each player’s departure.
“I think it’s important not to mistake the fact that it’s senior week — 13 guys that have really been cornerstones of our program,” Dickert said. Some came here and some made it through all the time. It’s great to have four of those guys. Renard Bell, Armani Marsh, Christian Mejia and Jarrett Kingston. Those guys really from the moment I got here have been the foundation and they have worked their tails off … he has the confidence that they showed in me and in our program, I will never forget that group of guys this.”
WSU-UW GAME DETAILS THIS SATURDAY:
- WHERE: Martin’s situation
- CIC OFFICE: 7:30pm Pacific
- television: ESPN (Clay Matvick, Rocky Boiman, Dawn Davenport)
- RADIO: Washington State IMG Radio Network
- WEATHER: 31 degrees, light wind, 14 percent chance of snow
- RECORDS: WSU 7-4/4-4, UW 9-2/6-2
- THE SERIES: UW leads 73-33-6
- LAST TIME: WSU won 40-13 in Seattle in 2021
- ESPN matchup forecaster: UW has a 52.6 percent chance of winning
- CLASSES: UW No. 12, WSU receiving votes in the Coaches Poll
- THE LINE: UW with 2