Sunday, December 23, 2007

How Much Will the Cougs Miss Harmeling?

Uh-oh. I hope this isn't the beginning of the dreaded injury bug (knock on anything resembling wood right now). But 6th man and legit 3-pt threat Daven Harmeling is now out at least 4 weeks with a broken thumb. Damn.

I guess we'll see how much moxie these guys really have. That Pac-10 schedule to open up the year is pretty brutal, with the first 3 and 5 of the first 7 on the road. By the time they get Harmeling back they could be in a gloomy hole. Our guy Nuss on Hoops has a good write-up here on how this injury could hamper the offense.

It didn't hurt today, however, as the Cougars rolled over Idaho State in an outcome most saw coming. But that early Pac-10 schedule was going to be a grind anyway. This only makes it a little more "sticky" to say the least!

But it's not the end of the world. This is a shot for some of the younger guys like Caleb Forrest, Thomas Abercrombie and Nikola Koprivica to try and fill the void. And who knows, maybe what we'll see is Low and Weaver really take charge over the next month. Then the younger guys will get some serious minutes, hopefully building some much-needed confidence in the process. Then when Harmeling comes back, it could be almost like acquiring a big-time shooter for the stretch run?? That's best-case scenario, obviously. Thank God we have the talent and skill of Low and Weaver right now!

On the football front, not a lot happening. We're still running with the story that our source told us McEndoo has been hired, but it's still not officially announced. We haven't got the why just yet, but McEndoo is the new o-line coach.

In recruiting, Cougfan has a story that Wulff and company did apparently make some in-roads in California($) in a very short time. A 3-star DE from Santa Margarita named Logan Russell is interested, and has now received a WSU offer. He'll be taking a trip to Pullman on 1/18. On the trip with him will be a quick WR named Kevin Norrell out of Long Beach Poly HS. Should be interesting to see how this class comes together down the stretch. Not that we're expecting a lot, but if anything, we'll likely see some lower rated, yet high-in-character type guys in this class.

2 comments:

glenn_stl said...

Harmeling wasn't burning it up this year anyway. You could even say he has been slumping until the Citadel game. It is a blow to the depth but like you said, a chance for youth to shine.

Jmnor55 said...

Well, the Cougs are 4th in the country. Let's see if they can keep it up. Do you guys hate the Zags as much as the Dawgs in Montlake?