FALL CAMP: DAY 6, MORNING SESSION

PULLMAN – The first of the two-a-day practices have arrived, and if there were one word to describe the defense's performance on Friday morning, "rebound" would be more than fitting. After being dominated by the offense Thursday, Chris Ball's unit came ready to play, showcasing some fine work on both the defensive line and in the secondary.

The charge up front was led by DT Toni Pole, who returned to practice on Friday morning and went full throttle at the 8:30 am session.

Pole was lined up with the 1s and plowed his way through the offensive line on multiple occasions, getting to the running backs early and often. Pole is listed on the WSU roster at 6-1, 292 pounds, and his speed and agility throughout practice was evident.

Pole was joined of the defensive line by DT Anthony Laurenzi, DE Travis Long, and DE Adam Coerper, all of whom had solid morning practice sessions.

Starting DE Ian Knight, who suffered a quad injury during Thursday's session, was dressed in uniform, however did not participate in practice. Meanwhile fellow DE Jordan Pu'u-Robinson tested his knee out, practicing for about 30 minutes before returning to stationary bike and doing other conditioning.

Safety Casey Locker led the charge for the secondary this morning, providing the only turnover while running with the 2s against the 2s. QB Conner Halliday fired a deep ball downfield overthrowing his receiver, but Locker did not give up on the play, making an impressive sliding interception.

Locker also added another solid play later in practice running with the 1s when he broke up a pass from QB Jeff Tuel downfield intended for WR Isiah Barton.

At the LB position, C.J. Mizell saw the majority of his action running with the 2s behind MLB Mike Ledgerwood. Mizell was flying around the field, and his quickness around the corner is certainly something that seperates him from the rest of the LB core. Mizell had several tackles against Coug RBs.

CF.C note: As has been reported early in camp, Mizell appears to have improved his work ethic. He is consistently running to the ball, and has taken role as one of the vocal leaders for the defense.

There was a brief skirmish between WR Jared Karstetter and CB Travion Smith this morning, and it was Mizell who was quick to run to the altercation and get Karstetter off his defensive teammate. That is something you didn't see from the Florida native during his first season at WSU in 2010.

WIL LB Alex Hoffman-Ellis provided the hit of the morning with the 1s lined up against the 1s -- a textbook, form tackle on RB Rickey Galvin.

Galvin made a defensive lineman miss and burst through a hole, only to have it all close in upon him as Hoffman-Ellis lowered his pad level, picked up Galvin and pancaked him to the turf.

Meanwhile on offense, Tuel and his receivers were having trouble developing any type of rhythm -- the defense clearly had the upper hand.

TE Andrei Lintz was able to pull off a few nice catches, and also has been doing a fine job in his blocking duties.

CF.C noted earlier that the TE position appears to be on the of the biggest battles with Lintz and red-shirt freshman Aaron Dunn vying for the top spot. Thus far in camp, Lintz has seen the majority of the reps running with the first team, and appears to have a slight advantage on Dunn.

NOTABLE NOTES:
  • LB Darryl Monroe suffered a concussion Thursday and did not practice Friday morning.

  • Former CB Aire Justin, who was suspended for the 2011 season after failing an NCAA drug test and losing out on his appeal, has been at every practice. He can't play this season but has remained a part of the team, diligently working with the young players on their technique and sharing his insights on the game. Justin told CF.C he's on track to graduate in December.

  • There was no post-practice interview session this morning, the group consensus was to save them for after the late afternoon practice.

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