Montana at PSU
- Jason Vondersmith
- Portland Tribune - Sports
When, where: 6 p.m. Saturday, PGE Park
Radio: KTRO (93.1 FM)
• The PSU administration is searching for its next athletic director (Teri Mariani has been serving as interim AD since the departure of Tom Burman to Wyoming). Coach Tim Walsh could have a shot at the job. 'I can't see myself not coaching,' he says, while adding that he plans to think about it after the season.
• Yes, ticket prices have been raised for the Montana game - standard practice in college football for big games, PSU officials argue. The school expects more than 10,000 to watch Saturday's game; as of Tuesday, 8,700 tickets had been sold.
• Quarterback Sawyer Smith has been performing pain-free on the exercise bicycle and in the swimming pool and doing 'slow motion' drops and passing in practice, Walsh says. Running back Mu'Ammar Ali is strengthening his shoulder muscles; Walsh says Ali's broken clavicle has healed. Both could play Saturday.
• Walsh says running back Kyley McCrae will redshirt, because the Viks expect Ali to play and be effective this season. McCrae, a freshman from McNary High, has looked good in practice, but the Vikings want to preserve his four years of eligibility. He would be the starting tailback next season.
• If PSU (3-1) goes 8-3, Walsh envisions, the Viks make the Division I-AA playoffs. … Walsh on Brian White, the transfer quarterback from Colorado: 'He's big, has great throwing motion and good feet and seems to have good intelligence. And he's a quality person.' White will battle Tygue Howland and Rob Freeman to be next year's starting quarterback.