PULLMAN -- Things certainly were toned down from an intensity standpoint Thursday afternoon following the tremendous effort earlier in the morning. Practice was about an hour long in a shoulder pads and helmets session, but CF.C talked with starting safety Deone Bucannon about where the defense stands with the season about two weeks away.

With coach Paul Wulff in Spokane for an event, practice was held to mostly position and 7-on-7 skelly drills. There was little 11-on-11 action, however in the short amount of action WR Marquess Wilson remind Coug nation of how big a threat he will be in 2011.

QB Jeff Tuel fired up a deep ball in Wilson's direction that appeared would go out of bounds. But Wilson, who had CB Brandon Golden all over him, leaped and was able to secure the 35-yard reception.

The defensive backs continued their strong play in live drills, with several pass deflections of both Tuel and QB Connor Halliday. Although there were no interceptions in the afternoon session, Bucannon said the defensive backs feel they are making more plays and everyone is getting better with their technique.

"We definitely feel like we're getting our hands on a lot more balls," Bucannon said. "We're seeing the field a lot better and we're more experienced than last year."

Bucannon record an interception during the morning practice, and has been consistent with his play all fall. Bucannon's change in size has been one of the most notable of camp, with the sophomore now checking in at 190 pounds. Bucannon has been much more physical compared to last season, and told CF.C he couldn't feel better now that he's added some size to his game.

"I feel a lot better out there," Bucannon said. "I feel like I'm fitting to the game more and on the other side of the ball people won't look at me and think, 'He's the odd man out let's pick on him.' "

AS PREVIOUSLY REPORTED by CF.C, the defense appears to be much faster thus far and are playing with a lot more physicality. Kickoff for Idaho State is 16 days away, and Bucannon said although the team still needs to work, they are getting closer to where they need to be to have a successful season.

"Right now we still have a little more work to do but we can all play right now if it came down to it," Bucannon said. "We have so much potential and we're going to be ready on (for Idaho State)."

Another highlight of practice was when the offensive line and defensive line met up for some head-to-head action. The defensive line dominated the offensive line with DTs Anthony Laurenzi and Toni Pole leading the way for the front four. The offensive line seemed frustrated with their performance against the defensive line, which consistently fought their way past their counterparts and into the backfield.

Unfortunately, DE Lenard Williams appeared to suffer an ankle injury during one of the plays. Williams appeared to roll his ankle and walked off the practice field with his ankle wrapped in ice.

  • The team spent some time working on kickoffs and some of the notable returning kicks included WRs Isiah Myers, Isiah Barton, Henry Eaddy and RB Marcus Mason.

    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: Toni 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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