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Posted: Saturday, September 20, 2003 5:20 am | Updated: 2:14 pm, Thu Oct 6, 2011.

“See Sammy run” may be a new battle cry in the Palouse.

Westwood High School graduate Sammy Moore is off to a fast start for Washington State.

Last week at Colorado, Moore had a 74-yard touchdown reception and returned the second half kickoff 97 yards for another score.

"That was an awesome run on the kickoff return," said Bill Doba, the Cougars’ coach. On the TD catch, "He kept his balance, broke tackles."

The nation saw Moore make a spectacular one-handed grab in the closing minute to send the Cougars into overtime against Notre Dame the previous week.

"That was a phenomenal catch," Doba said. "He makes plays."

Moore is fifth in the country in kickoff returns, averaging 35 yards.

Moore originally signed with Arizona State but failed to qualify academically. Academic problems plagued him throughout his high school career.

Getting away from the home environment, Moore resurrected his football career at Bakersfield College, a favorite junior college of former ASU coach Bruce Snyder.

Former Snyder assistant Robin Pflugrad is the Cougars’ recruiting coordinator.

"Sammy's a great kid," Doba said. "He's a good punt returner; he's a good kickoff returner. He's having a great run. He's really been a valuable asset to our football team."

RODGERS IN

The prediction is now fact: Sophomore Aaron Rodgers is California's starting quarterback.

Since plucking Rodgers after only one season at Butte (Calif.) College, it has been written Rodgers would eventually replace Tucson junior Reggie Robertson.

However, coach Jeff Tedford had to let Robertson play himself out of the No. 1 job while getting Rogers playing time to show he had the better long-term future to make the switch.

That took place in last week's loss at Utah. Robertson was ineffective and Rodgers nearly rallied the Golden Bears to victory.

Rodgers has defied conventional wisdom by becoming the starter without the benefit of spring practice. But that's just how much Tedford believes in Rodgers' upside.

"I think he's exceptional as far as the mental part of the game," Tedford said. "I've been very impressed with his ability to comprehend what we're asking him to do offensively. It's not every day a guy is able to do that in a short period of time."

NEVER BASHFUL

With mighty Michigan visiting Autzen Stadium today, Oregon isn't taking the laying-in-the-weeds approach.

The Ducks' Web site has a photo of the team overlaid with "BRING ON MICHIGAN" in big letters to go along with its press release for the game.

Oregon may have recruited enough interior defensive linemen to be competitive with the Wolverines' great offensive line. But will its tiny cornerbacks and undersized linebackers stand up to the physical pounding for four quarters?

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