Boyd practicing with Cougars

Updated: January 20, 2004, 8:36 PM ET
Associated Press

PULLMAN, Wash. -- Washington State tight end Cody Boyd has started practicing with the Cougars' basketball team.

Boyd was brought in after coach Dick Bennett suspended center Ezenwa Ukeagu for two games for violating curfew during a road trip to Oregon last week. The Cougars also are without Justin Bellegarde, who is tending to a family emergency at Ukiah, Calif.

At 6-foot-7, 237 pounds, Boyd could help fill a gap in the front line.

"Cody Boyd gives us a physical presence that we need right now," Bennett said Tuesday. "I am sure he can help us in the long run."

Boyd, a redshirt freshman, caught 18 passes for 230 yards and a touchdown last season.

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