FALL CAMP: DAY 8, AFTERNOON SESSION

PULLMAN -- Marquess Wilson has impressed throughout fall camp after a season where he became the first true freshman wide receiver in Washington State history to produce more than 1,000 yards. But another wideout is beginning to emerge in addition to Wilson and senior Jared Karstetter. Meanwhile, sophomore Damante Horton's coverage skills were on display during Sunday afternoon's practice session.

The Cougars sported shoulder pads and helmets for the afternoon session and practice lasted only about an hour and 45 minutes. It started with field-goal attempts and sophomore kicker Andrew Furney displayed much more consistency after struggling a couple of days ago. During the drill, Furney went 6-of-7 on his tries with his only miss coming from more than 50 yards, which went just right.

Later on in practice, coach Paul Wulff ran a new drill where he'd have the field-goal unit rush out to the field with a "end of game" type situation. On those attempts, Furney was a perfect 3-of-3, putting his afternoon tally at 9-of-10.

The team was then divided with the offensive line and defensive line going head to head for drills, and the other position players meeting up for the 7-on-7 "skelly" drill. During this period, Kristoff Williams, who filled in with the 1s for WR Jared Karstetter (rest), showcased his abilities and once again had a great touchdown reception.

Tuel rolled out of the pocket, and threw a ball to the outside shoulder of Williams at the goal line. Williams twisted his body, threw up his arms and was able to haul in the catch by stretching out at full extension -- all with Horton right on his body -- for the score.

Williams added another touchdown catch a few plays later, his second of practice, and his third of the day.

"Physically I feel good," Williams said. "I remember the turf toe last year ... but overall I'm feeling good."

Williams, who is a redshirt freshman, sat out the 2010 season with that turf toe. He said as difficult as it was to watch from the sidelines, it's made him a better player and he's "definitely" ready to break out in 2011.

"I feel like redshirting was a blessing in disguise because I was able to get a lot stronger and I'm more confident with my routes and what I need to get down out here," Williams said.

On the offensive line, left tackle David Gonzales missed practice because of his ankle injury, and Dan Spitz also sat out. With both players missing, usual left guard John Fullington moved back to his old position of left tackle, and redshirt sophomore Matt Goetz stepped in with the 1s at LG.

Speaking of offense, Tuel continued his strong play, but after six days of not throwing an interception, day seven was not so kind to the signal-caller. Tuel was intercepted for the second time on the day by Horton, who made a great play to create the turnover. Tuel tried to hit Wilson in traffic, when Horton made a play on the ball and fought with Wilson for the ball. As the two tumbled to the ground, Horton was able to overpower Wilson and got the victory for the defense.

THERE WERE A few new injuries to report from camp, however neither of them appear to look too serious. During the offensive line vs. defensive line drills, tight end Aaron Dunn got nicked up when he was trying to fight his way through the line and appeared to suffer a left quad injury. Dunn was favoring his left leg and was seen walking off at the end of practice, with his quad wrapped with ice.

Also, offensive tackle Jake Rodgers got banged up a little bit on a similar play and appeared to suffer a shoulder injury. He also had ice applied to the shoulder, but both injuries did not appear to be serious.

The Cougars will take Monday off, their first day off of camp, wich Wulff acknowledged is much needed.

"I know the coaches need it, the players need it mentally and physically," Wulff said. "We're just getting to that threshold right now where we're starting to get a lot of guys nicked up over the past 24 hours. It's coming at a good time to get the guys refreshed a little bit."

NOTABLE NOTES:
  • Wide receiver Gino Simone provided the play of the day toward the end of practice. Simone was running when quarterback Connor Halliday fired a ball of that appeared to sail on him. But Simone dove full extension across the middle and somehow managed to hang onto the ball after colliding with cornerback Travion Smith.

  • CF.C talked with linebackers coach Chris Tormey and will have a story on the group coming out tomorrow afternoon.

    RUNNING WITH THE 1s

    OFFENSE

    QB: Jeff Tuel

    X receiver: Marquess Wilson

    Flanker: Isiah Barton

    Z receiver: Kristoff Williams

    TE Andrei Lintz

    LT: John Fullington

    LG: Matt Goetz

    C: Andrew Roxas

    RG: B.J. Guerra

    RT: Wade Jacobson

    RB: Logwone Mitz (Rickey Galvin also saw substantial action)

    DEFENSE

    LE: Travis Long

    LT: Toni Pole

    RT: Anthony Laurenzi

    RE: Adam Coerper

    SAM: Sekope Kaufusi

    MIKE: Mike Ledgerwood

    WILL: Alex Hoffman-Ellis

    CB: Tracy Clark (Note: Brandon Golden and him split time running with the 1s)

    SS: Deone Bucannon

    FS: Tyree Toomer (Note: Casey Locker also seeing action running with the 1s)

    CB: Damante Horton


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