MRI: No significant damage for Kegel

PULLMAN, Wash. -- Washington State quarterback Matt Kegel
has no significant damage to his throwing shoulder and should be
ready to play in the Holiday Bowl Dec. 30 against No. 5 Texas, coach Bill Doba said.

Kegel underwent an MRI examination of his injured shoulder
Tuesday. The test showed no significant damage to the rotator cuff
and the shoulder sprain that bothered Kegel the last three games
has nearly healed, Doba told The Spokesman-Review late Tuesday.

An athletic department spokesman in San Diego for the bowl game
did not immediately return a call from The Associated Press
Wednesday morning.

Kegel, a fifth-year senior for the Cougars (No. 14 ESPN/USA Today, No. 15 AP), injured the
shoulder of his right throwing arm several times this season and
has been held out of Holiday Bowl practices.

Doba said tests were needed to see if a "clicking" felt in the
shoulder indicated cartilage damage. There was some slight wear and
tear around the cartilage, but not enough to warrant surgery, Doba
said by telephone from Los Angeles, where he is recruiting.

Freshman Josh Swogger is Kegel's backup for Washington State (9-3, 6-2 Pac-10).