Cougs aren't "even close" to kicker pick, coach says
Washington State football coach Paul Wulff said the Cougars are still "not even close to selecting a kicker," but if the team's afternoon...
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PULLMAN — Washington State football coach Paul Wulff said the Cougars are still "not even close to selecting a kicker," but if the team's afternoon practice Thursday is any indication, sophomore Wade Penner has the inside track.
To conclude an abbreviated hourlong practice, Penner hit 6 of 9 field-goal attempts — missing the final three. Sophomore Nico Grasu, also competing for the job, made 2 of 10.
Wulff said a final decision on the team's starting kicker may not come until several weeks into the season.
"We still have to figure out the holders and find consistency from the snappers," Wulff said.
Quarterbacks Gary Rogers and Marshall Lobbestael both served as holders in practice. Several poor holds contributed to the missed kicks.
Wulff said once punter Reid Forrest returns from his ankle surgery, he will "eventually" be the team's holder.
• Starting defensive tackle A'I Ahmu took practice off with a stinger.
• Jim Walden, color commentator and former coach for the Cougars, watched afternoon practice.
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