PULLMAN -- The Cougars have been able to avoid significant injuries throughout fall camp, but that streak almost ended during Thursday night's scrimmage when DE Travis Long suffered a knee injury. Coach Paul Wulff insisted the junior, who has started all 24 games the last two seasons, won't be out for long, though.

Long did not participate in the action Friday and spent most of his day on the stationary bike and doing other conditioning work. Wulff said Long sprained his medial collateral ligament, while CB Brandon Golden sprained an ankle. He expects both to be sidelined for three to five days.

Wulff added that Long hasn't missed any time during camp and a player of his caliber missing a few days shouldn't cause a disruption.

"He's had every rep all camp so he really hasn't missed anything," Wulff said. "Someone like him missing today and tomorrow's practice potentially, he should be able to pick up where he left off by Tuesday I hope."

Without Long, defensive ends Ian Knight and Matthew Bock both split time working opposite of DE Adam Coerper.

ON THE FIELD, safety Deone Bucannon intercepted a Connor Halliday pass intended for WR Henry Eaddy. It was one of the few highlights on the afternoon for the Cougars, who spent most of the day in position drills and spent the last 20 minutes of practice with the first team defense and offense working against the scout team.

Bucannon told CF.C that he knows camp isn't over, but with the progress the unit has made over the last couple weeks has been remarkable.

"You know camp isn't over ... but for what we wanted to accomplish, our line is strong, our linebackers are strong and we're strong all over the secondary," he said.

Bucannon added that there were still plenty of things the team had to work on before Idaho State on Sept. 3.

"My biggest hope is for all of us to play together," Bucannon said. "I feel like in previous years we were all playing individually and for this season it's a goal for me for us all to play together and win games as a team."

AS FOR THE OFFENSE, the line had a productive day in their protection of QB Jeff Tuel. Perhaps things were made a little easier with Long not being out there, but all five came out ready to play, and their energy levels were apparent.

Their protection gave Tuel with plenty of time find open receivers, which ultimately led to WR Marquess Wilson hauling in the catch of the day as he corralled a 30-yard pass from Tuel over his head.

"We're a lot smarter as a bunch," Jacobson said. "Now it's time for us to get out there on the field and do our jobs. We're all confident and we're all playing together as a family and we're ready to show people what we can do."

The 2s on offense got plenty of action as Halliday and QB Marshall Lobbestael split time. Both have seen an even amount of time running with the 2s in relief of Tuel and Wulff noted that neither one has yet to distance themselves as the first guy off the bench.

"I do think as we move into a few games one of the backups is going to need to get all the backup reps, Wulff said. "I think we do need to pick one, but we don't have the exact answer just yet."

A player who stood out with the 2s for both Halliday and Lobbestael was WR Bobby Ratliff, who had a pair of sliding catches downfield. Ratliff has seen most of his action running with the 2s this season and some brief time with the 1s.

  • Kicker Andrew Furney connected on his lone try of 33 yards, while backup Alex Gauper missed wide left on his try from 25 yards.

  • On top of Long and Golden, DE Lenard Williams (tooth), DT David Davis (shoulder) were held out of practice. Freshman Darryl Paolo and T.J. Poloai also were in street clothes at practice. Details on their non-participation was not available.

  • DE Skylar Stormo missed the last portion of practice followling a Logwone Mitz run when he collided with a blocker downfield and was shaken up on the play.

    RUNNING WITH THE 1s on Day 17
    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 running with 1s)
    LE: Travis Long
    LT: Toni Pole
    RT: Anthony Laurenzi
    RE: Matthew Bock (Ian Knight also seeing reps with 1s)
    SAM: Sekope Kaufusi
    MIKE: C.J. Mizell
    WILL: Alex Hoffman-Ellis
    CB: Nolan Washington (Note: Daniel Simmons 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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