PULLMAN -- While Jeff Tuel is entrenched as Washington State's starting quarterback, the competition for the backup position is fierce and the battle continued to wage on Saturday. On defense, meanwhile, safety Casey Locker kept up his larcenous ways while tackle Anthony Laurenzi turned in solid work on the line.

After a few sessions this week where they have struggled to develop a rhythm, the offense enjoyed a solid morning in both the ground game and the aerial attack. Tuel was efficient yet again, and capped his solid outing with a 30-yard touchdown pass to WR Marquess Wilson with CB Brandon Golden in coverage. Tuel added another touchdown toward the end of practice, when he found TE Andrei Lintz in traffic for a 10-yard score.

Meanwhile with the 2s, QBs Connor Halliday and Marshall Lobbestael both had substantial time behind center, and Halliday had one of his most impressive sessions of camp.

"I think getting in the film room this summer has helped so much coming from scout team," said Halliday, a redshirt freshman from Spokane. "Now it's all just repetition and I'm getting a lot more comfortable out there."

Halliday's comfort leading the offense showed often Saturday when he was completing passes to his receiving core. Halliday's day was highlighted by a 15-yard TD pass to WR Bobby Ratliff, where he was able to thread the needle between to Cougar defenders.

"To be honest, out there in the spring I'd be out there and not be exactly sure what someone was running," Halliday said. "On that touchdown pass, that's something I wouldn't have recognized in the spring and I saw that early and made a play."

HALLIDAY AND LOBBESTAEL are in a battle for the backup position, and both see about the same amount of time running with the 2s. You'd think that perhaps the duo would have a rivalry going for the same spot, but Halliday told CF.C the opposite is true, and Lobbestael, who has six career starts, has been a perfect mentor for him.

"Marshall is the perfect example of a teammate," Halliday said. "We're in a battle for that 2 spot, but every day in film he's helping me out, telling me things I could do better and he's the best teammate I could ask for."

As sharp as the offense looked this morning, the defense made some plays, as well. With the 2s lined up against each other, Locker at safety read the eyes of Lobbestael when he was trying to hit WR Isiah Myers and hauled in the interception for the defense.

Meanwhile on the front line, Laurenzi led the charge, and was fighting his way through the line from his d-tackle position. Laurenzi performed well and told CF.C he spent a lot of time working on his technique over the summer and his experience also is adding to his success.

"This is my fourth fall camp and I know how it goes," Laurenzi said. "I'm just out there playing more confident."

  • The field-goal kicking continues to improve for WSU. Andrew Furney was 2 of 3 from his tries with his only miss coming on a low snap and that resulted in a blocked attempt by Skylar Stormo.

    QB: Jeff Tuel
    X receiver: Marquess Wilson
    Flanker: Isiah Barton
    Z receiver: Jared Karstetter
    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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