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Published: August 8, 2008

Horton, a speedy 6-foot-4, 220-pound tight end from Henderson, Texas, was awaiting clearance while the NCAA worked to verify that he had taken all the necessary classes to be eligible.

Horton might have had an opportunity to crack the depth chart as a backup to senior Brandon Pettigrew, but missing the first week will likely be too significant a setback for him to catch up to freshmen Jamal Mosley, Cooper Bassett and Wilson Youman.

The only other true freshman currently not participating in camp is Jeremy Gray. The 6-6, 285-pound defensive end from Sherman, Texas, is out for the season because of a torn Achilles' tendon sustained during the summer.

•Changes at WSU: First-year head coach Paul Wulff and his staff are making some changes at Washington State, the Cowboys' opening opponent Aug. 30 in Seattle.

"(The new coaches) are more intense, more strict,” junior running back Dwight Tardy told the Seattle Post-Intelligencer. "They expect more from us.

"It seems like they expect us to be more like men. Like, ‘Grow up already.' I think last year, (the former coaching staff) just kind of let us slide with a lot of stuff.”

By Scott Wright

Justin Horton


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