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Perhaps the most notable thing about the injury to LB Terrance Hooks' knee is that the tear of his patellar tendon happened on a jump, and not on a landing. The muscular force generated by his leg was substantial enough to tear the tendon practically all the way around the circumference of the knee joint.

The surgery used to repair the tendon used both permanent and biodegradable surgical threads. Much of the recovery time of 6-8 months is devoted to regaining range of motion.

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When officiating crews hit the gridiron in the Mountain West Conference this fall, they will look a little different. For every game, the 7-man crew will be composed of 3 MWC and 4 WAC officials, or 3 WAC and 4 MWC officials. The group of 3 will always be the "middle" officials (referee, umpire and back judge), while the group of 4 will be composed of the "wing" officials (linesman, line judge, field judge and side judge). The 7-man crews will work together the entire season, as has always been the case previously. For the first time this season, the instant replay official will also travel from game to game.

Two seasons from now, the officiating crews will undergo another change. Starting in 2009, the crews in MWC games will actually be composed of officials from the MWC, WAC, Big 12 and CUSA, and the crews will work games in all four leagues.

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After one of the best hits of the day at today's scrimmage, some former players on the sidelines were saying "who was that?" It was Snow College transfer Coleby Clawson. Admiring comments were quick in coming.

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The new 40-second game clock was in effect at today's scrimmage. More on the clock rule change and its implementation, in a future blog.

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