PULLMAN-- Intense. It's the only word to appropriately explain the action during the Cougs' Thursday morning practice. Bodies were flying, collisions were plentiful all over the field and tempers were flaring from the jump, with several skirmishes breaking out. The Cougar D played big and had the offense's number, and sophomore safety Deone Bucannon set the tone with several big plays.

Indeed, emotions were running high. Perhaps the biggest push-pull came on a passing play when WR Isiah Myers and CB Daniel Simmons were visibly upset with one another and had to be separated by teammates.

Coming off yesterday's scrimmage, both sides were running hot and the session ended with one more fight, with players having to be separated by nearly the entire team.

Wulff said he likes the players competitive spirit and fight, but only to a point. He also explained his players need to be smart when these types of things occur on Saturdays.

"It's all fun but like yesterday in the scrimmage, we have to understand that line can't be crossed so we don't get a personal foul or someone gets ejected," Paul Wulff said. "The ejections and severe penalties carries into the next game. In camp things flare up and it's always been that way."

As for the action on the field, the defense came out of the gates ready to play, while the offense had difficulty getting into any type of rhythm. The charge was led by Deone Bucannon who hauled in the only pick of the day when the first team defense was matched up against the 2s on offense. Still, there were numerous batted and tipped balls.

On the pick, QB Marshall Lobbestael dropped back in the pocket and sailed one over his intended receiver and Bucannon was Johnny-on-the-spot to make the interception.

Bucannon also added another great play later on with the 1s. When QB Jeff Tuel tried to hit WR Henry Eaddy downfield, Bucannon was there again to break up the completion.

"In a couple of the periods, you know they came out and made some plays," Wulff said of the defense. "There were some big plays on offense but it was good to see the defense was there. Both sides are making plays and we have more kids who are making plays. You've got to have that."

Among the positive plays on offense, a deep TD pass from Tuel to Myers.

Myers was getting reps with the 1s and took advantage by hauling in the 40-yard TD pass from Tuel with CB Brandon Golden in coverage.

From an injury standpoint, CB Daniel Simmons (hamstring), and OL Dan Spitz (shoulder) returned to practice after missing the last couple of sessions. Simmons jumped back in with the 1s, while Spitz spend his day at LT with the 2s.

While running with the 2s, Simmons had a great pass break deflection when QB Connor Halliday tried to hit WR Marquess Wilson.

Meanwhile, WR Gino Simone continues to see more reps with the 1s and appears to be gaining more and more chemistry with Tuel. Simone hauled in a 25-yard gainer midway through practice, one of the highlights for the offense this morning.

CB Nolan Washington (hamstring) continues to miss action, while DE Adam Coerper (hamstring) and WR Kristoff Williams (bruised knee) missed this morning's action.

The Cougars will return to practice this afternoon at 3:30 for their third two-a-day session of fall camp.

QB: Jeff Tuel
X receiver: Marquess Wilson
Flanker: Isiah Barton
Z receiver: Jared Karstetter
Note: WRs Gino Simone, Henry Eaddy, and Bobby Ratliff also seeing action with the 1s
TE Andrei Lintz
LT: David Gonzales
LG: John Fullington
C: Andrew Roxas
RG: B.J. Guerra
RT: Wade Jacobson
RB: Logwone Mitz (Rickey Galvin also saw substantial action)

LE: Travis Long
LT: Kalafitoni Pole
RT: Anthony Laurenzi
RE: Skylar Stormo
SAM: Sekope Kaufusi
MIKE: C.J. Mizell
WILL: Alex Hoffman-Ellis
CB: Daniel Simmons (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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