WSU FALL CAMP: DAY 18 REPORT

PULLMAN -- Fall camp at WSU wrapped up in uneventful fashion this morning with a shoulder pads-and-helmets only session. But it definitely wasn't a slow news day, as head coach Paul Wulff outlined his plans for the foursome of freshmen from Florida. He also talked about a running back who's been making a strong bid for PT and a defensive end who wins the camp's most pleasant surprise honors.

The Florida Three -- receivers Isiah Myers and Henry Eaddy, and linebacker Darryl Monroe -- graduated from high school early so they could participate in WSU's spring drills last March. The move paid off. Wulff said Saturday that he is planning on playing all three of them this season. In addition, a fourth freshman from Florida -- cornerback Spencer Waseem -- is being considered for immediate action.

"Right now the plan is that all those Florida kids will play," Wulff said. "Myers, Eaddy, and Monroe and we're still taking a hard look at Waseem. He missed some camp early so we didn't know but he's made a push here in the last week and a half."

Waseem saw some action running with the 2s this morning, and also saw a few reps with the 1s while the defense was up against the scout team. Waseem appears to be a very physical defensive back and has had some nice pass deflections over the last week.

This morning's practice was devoted mostly to group drills and preparations against the scout team, but there were some big plays with both the offense and defense having their moments.

On offense, QB Jeff Tuel wrapped up a fine camp with a solid performance. Tuel had great rhythm with his receivers, and connections all over the field were consistent.

"He had a very good camp," Wulff said. "There's still some continuity things that he will continue to work on with the receivers but he's had a really fine camp."

Tuel said he was extremely pleased with how the team grew over fall camp, and that bright things are coming.

"It was a blast and I had a lot of fun out here," Tuel said. "We got a lot of good things done and we're playing while having fun. That's what we're doing and we're starting to learn how to be a good team and it's all a part of the process."

As for the defense, CB Damante Horton had another productive day that included several pass break-ups. His most impressive came when Marshall Lobbestael appeared to have a 30-yard completion to Kristoff Williams, but Horton got back at the last second to break it up. That triggered a chorus of cheers from defensive players and coaches.

Safety Casey Locker had another acrobatic interception against the 2s when QB Connor Halliday tried to hit RB Marcus Mason in traffic. Defensive end Matthew Bock tipped the ball at the line, and Locker flew in for the diving theft.

Another highlight for the defense came mid-way through practice during one-on-one drills between the O and D lines. The defensive line had plenty of success, with Adam Coerper and Toni Pole shining throughout. Coerper, who was a part of Wulff's first recruiting class, has really come on this fall, and Wulff did not hesitate in saying he was the surprise of camp.

"I'd say he has been (the most pleasant surprise) and I think (running back) Carl Winston has improved his play," Wulff said. "I think those two guys have really elevated their level of play. Adam has been physical and given us a really good run presence at the defensive end position."

Winston has seen more time running with the 1s and one thing is certain, he loves attacking the line with toughness and doesn't mind lowering his shoulder and earning an extra yard. Winston sees most of his action in relief of RBs Logwone Mitz and Rickey Galvin, but the progress he's made over the last week has been tremendous.

Another player who had a solid morning was punter Dan Wagner. He had several booming kicks in the 40-45-yard range, including a pair that looked like Tuel tosses with perfect spirals.

NOTABLE:

DT Brandon Rankin looked good Saturday, getting into the backfield a number of times while running with the 2s and scoring a few tackles for loss, including had a "sack" of QB Connor Halliday late in practice.

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