The Red Cross is poised and ready to adopt the Washington State football team as its next major project. The injury-hampered Cougars may be missing both starting offensive guards Saturday when they open Pac-10 play Saturday against the visiting California Bears. Coach Paul Wulff said after Wednesday's practice that he expects left guard Andrew Roxas to miss three to six weeks with a sprained knee suffered Tuesday in practice. Wulff said he's hopeful right guard Brian Danaher can return to practice Thursday after sitting out Wednesday with a strained glute. Wulff hopes Danaher and starting defensive tackle A'i Ahmu can play Saturday. Ahmu has missed the past two practices with a left shoulder injury. Redshirt freshmen Steven Ayers and B.J. Guerra have been playing guard with the No. 1 offense, and senior walk-on Adam Hainline has filled in for Ahmu. Ayers started at left tackle last week for senior Vaughn Lesuma, who said he's ready to play after sitting out the opener with a strained back.
Wulff said projected starting wide receiver Jeshua Anderson (hernia surgery) has been ruled out for Saturday along with second-stringers Jason Stripling (an outside linebacker with a sprained toe) and Toby Turpin (a defensive tackle with torn thumb ligaments).
EXTRA POINTS: Wulff said he expects Andy Roof to wind up at Central Washington. A CWU spokesman said Wildcats coach Blaine Bennett told him he believes Roof has yet to decide on a school. A senior defensive lineman, Roof was expelled from WSU last week for repeated off-field problems. ... Federal Way's Andre Barrington became the seventh high school senior to make a nonbinding verbal commitment to the Cougars. WSU projects Barrington, a 1,000-yard runner last year, as an outside linebacker. The Cougars had just three verbals last year (including wide receiver Jared Karsetter, the only true freshman who started in Saturday's opener) when Wulff replaced Bill Doba as coach. ... WSU announced a partnership with the ISP Sports college sports marketing company. ISP's clients include Washington, UCLA and California.