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One of the bigger questions at practice this week was the status of DeSean Jackson. After not practicing Tuesday, he did in limited fashion Wednesday and Thursday. Thursday night, he took first team reps for the first half of practice then shut it down. Coach Jeff Tedford said Jackson will play Saturday, but said “expect him to play throughout the game.” That implies Jackson may be limited. Brandon Hampton and Robert Jordan returned punts during special teams practice, so Jackson may not be doing that on Saturday. Tedford said he hasn’t made that determination yet, rightly pointing out that Jackson still has two days for his thigh contusion to heal further.
I failed to report this earlier in the week, but tight end Cameron Morrah hasn’t practiced all week and Tedford said he will miss the Big Game with a knee injury. No word on the severity.
Expect to see redshirt freshman Mark Boskovich to see some time at right guard. Boskovich has spent more and more time taking first team reps late in the season, and with starter Noris Malele missing some practice this week to tend to a family emergency, Tedford said both players should see action against Stanford.
Starting defensive tackle Matt Malele will miss his second straight game. The knee injury that has plagued him on and off all year has been flaring up and he’s unable to go. I know defensive coordinator Bob Gregory is disappointed for Malele, who is a fifth-year senior and will have to miss his final Big Game. Gregory thinks highly of Malele for his leadership and the example he sets for teammates in practice.
Speaking of Gregory, he dodged a couple of questions again Thursday night about the Washington State job. I jokingly asked him when his flight was (to Pullman), and he said “we’re driving down to Palo Alto.” Gregory wouldn’t say if he has been contacted yet by the school, but expect him to get a serious look by the Cougars.
Gregory said the defensive end Rulon Davis will play “a lot” against Stanford. Davis has missed the past three games with a sprained knee, and missed four games earlier this season with a foot injury. Davis has been practicing fiercely this week. He looks like a player who hasn’t been on the field much this season. He’s hungry.
One other note: Tight end Craig Stevens has been invited to play in the East-West Shrine Game. So far, Stevens, left tackle Mike Gibson, wide receiver Lavelle Hawkins, running back Justin Forsett and free safety Thomas DeCoud have received invitations to play in the game. Hawkins, Forsett and DeCoud also have been invited to participate in the Senior Bowl.