WULFF: It's time for our actions to speak

PULLMAN – Full contact drills took place for the second straight day as the Cougars continued preparations for the Bobcats of Montana State – and big hits were in full effect. But to close out practice, the first team offense and first team defense squared off against one another, and a true freshman receiver keeps on shining bright.

It was raining and temperatures were in the 50s but that didn't stop the Cougs from having a solid practice on Wednesday.

"Better.. it was better," Paul Wulff said. "We still have to grow up, keep working hard. And it's time for our actions to speak."

The Cougs focused on position drills for the majority of the two hour session, where the defense – in a continuation from Tuesday -- spent most of the early drills on form tackling, and making sure to wrap up their opponent.

As for the offense on Wednesday, LG Andrew Roxas continued to see the majority of snaps running with the 1s, while Wade Jacobson saw a good amount of reps as well.

QB Jeff Tuel was consistent yet again throughout practice, and developed a good consistent level of play with his receivers.

WR Jared Karstetter, remained in the yellow no-contact jersey, but it didn't stop him from providing the hit of the afternoon. With the 1s matched against the scout team, Karstetter laid a picture perfect block on CB Tracy Clark, that put the true freshman defensive back on his wallet.

Clark bounced back nicely a few plays later, when he lowered his shoulder and absolutely lit up RB Carl Winston launching the sophomore ball carrier flying in mid-air before crashing to the turf.

TO CLOSE OUT practice, Wulff matched up the 1's with a two-minute drill -- the offense dominated from start to finish. Tuel went 5-of-6 for over 50 yards, with his only incompletion a dropped pass from RB James Montgomery.

After threading the needle to Daniel Blackledge on a 20-yard gainer, Tuel was sacked by Rankin for a six yard loss, putting the Coug O at the 20 yard line for the last play of the day. The situation given was four seconds remaining on the clock, and the Cougar defense was screaming out, ‘One more play to win this ball game!' But it was the offense who came up big.

Tuel rolled out, tried to find an open receiver and then finally fired a bullet near the goal line..

WR Marquess Wilson somehow pulled down the football in between a slew of Cougar defenders and jumped into the end-zone for the score. Wilson was immediately surrounded by the entire Cougar offense who set off an explosion of a celebration in the corner of the end-zone with 11 ticked off defensemen looking on.

Wilson became only the fourth Cougar freshman to catch over 100 yards in his debut and the buzz around his ability remains high. Just how many plays can we expect the true frosh to make for the remainder of the season?

"Hopefully a lot," Tuel said with a smile. "He's a playmaker."

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