PULLMAN -- The Cougars took in their last practice Sunday morning before the first day of classes tomorrow and the team looked sharp once again. On defense, safety Casey Locker had another impressive outing, and the redshirt sophomore playmaker says he's ready to make some noise in 2011.

There were plenty of highlights on both sides of the ball during practice at Rogers Field.

On offense, RB Rickey Galvin saw some extra reps with the 1s in place of Logwone Mitz who appeared to be dealing with some cramps. Galvin, a redshirt freshman, showcased his athleticism, including a stutter step on one play that made two defenders miss as he stormed downfield.

Another young offensive player, WR Isiah Myers, displayed his playmaking ability when the 2s were lined up against one another. QB Connor Halliday fired a quick pass to Myers near the sideline and the freshman did a juke step that fooled CB Brandon Golden. Myers then turned up field and gained another 20 yards after the catch.

Myers is part of a talented receiving corps, but offensive coordinator Todd Sturdy said that unit -- and the rest of the offense -- has plenty to prove.

"We haven't done anything yet and nothing's been accomplished," Sturdy said. "I like where we're at, I'm excited where this group can go, so we just have a lot of work ahead of us."

BUT AS GOOD as the offense looked early, the defense owned the second part of practice, and Locker got it going. While in with the 1s, Locker had the play of the day when he dove full extension to knock down a pass from QB Jeff Tuel that was intended for WR Isiah Barton.

"I feel good and a lot more comfortable out there," Locker said. "Obviously, it's my third year and I actually know the plays and I'm not thinking as much so I'm able to come out here and just play."

The starting safeties at this point appear to be Deone Bucannon and Tyree Toomer, but Locker sees plenty of the reps with the 1s and said he loves the competition and group's experience.

"We just have a good group of safeties and everybody's played in the past," Locker said. "Everybody has played in the past and it's very competitive so everyone has to come out here and compete otherwise you're not going to be playing."

LBs Alex Hoffman-Ellis and C.J. Mizell also made big plays for the defense, particulary when both recorded back-to-back "sacks" on Tuel.

Practice ended with plenty of excitement for the defense as well, with two blocked FG attempts from kicker Andrew Furney. DT Toni Pole knocked down Furney's first attempt from around 40 yards out. True freshman LB Darryl Monroe blocked another attempt by Furney a few plays later.

  • DE Adam Coerper returned to practice after missing several days with a hamstring injury and jumped right back in with the 1s.

    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: Adam Coerper
    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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