PRACTICE REPORT: Cougs amped up

PULLMAN — Game week at Washington State began with an amped-up Monday evening shoulder-pads-and-helmets session. DE Travis Long was held out, with Lenard Williams jumping in to run with the 1s opposite fellow d-end Adam Coerper. Here's how things played out on the night...

RUNNING WITH THE 1s for Monday's practice
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: Adam Coerper
LT: Kalafitoni Pole
RT: Anthony Laurenzi
RE: Lenard Williams
SAM: Sekope Kaufusi
MIKE: C.J. Mizell
WILL: Alex Hoffman-Ellis
CB: Daniel Simmons
SS: Deone Bucannon
FS: Tyree Toomer (Note: Casey Locker also seeing action running with the 1s)
CB: Damante Horton

The Cougs took the field Monday evening for a brisk, hour long night session dominated by position drills. It ended with 25 minutes of work for the offense and defense against the scout team.

"We're all ready and we're excited for to get to this point," Paul Wulff said. "It's been a lot of hard work and we're ready for our first game."

Safety Tyree Toomer said that the players have had this week circled on their calendars for quite some time now.

And he issued a guarantee.

"We're definitely ready," Toomer said. "All this hard work deserves some hard work at the end so we're going to leave it all out there Saturday and I guarantee we'll like the outcome."

On the field, not surprisingly, the only action with the 1s going against the 1s came during the team's 7-on-7 Skelly drill. DE Travis Long remained sidelined, but was seen at practice doing some conditioning work pre-practice and had his right knee heavily taped. With Long out, DE Lenard Williams, who returned to practice after having a root canal, jumped in with the 1s and saw all the reps with the first string defense.

Williams moved quick off the edge, and when the team was doing their prep work against the scout team, he was quick to get into the backfield and provide pressure on scout team quarterback Cody Clements.

Some of that pressure led to a pair of interceptions for the defense coming from CBs Daniel Simmons and Damante Horton. CB Nolan Washington (hamstring) also returned to practice, and saw most of his day running with the 2s.

Back on the line, Brandon Rankin spent his day running with the 2s and similar to Williams, applied some good pressure. Rankin's petition to the NCAA after being deemed academically ineligible was approved, and Rankin was cleared to play this season earlier this afternoon by the NCAA.

"There's no question at the d-tackle position that's going to help us," Wulff said. "Brandon (Rankin) has experience and he's also shown some really good things at camp. He spent a lot of hard work and he's done well academically. I'm glad for him and all the hard work that he and all the people who helped him through the process (put in)."

Wulff said he expects the Bengal defense to be physical on Saturday, and the same holds true on the other side of the ball.

"I know they're going to try and be aggressive of offense," Wulff said. "They're going to throw the football a lot and defensively, I know they're going to be aggressive with the style they're going to try and play."

On offense Monday night, quarterback Jeff Tuel was dominant against the scout team, and his receiving corps took full advantage.

Tuel connected with plenty WRs, including Gino Simone and Bobby Ratliff who enjoyed some extra time running with the 1s Monday.

Toomer said the Cougs aren't letting the preseason expectations of at least 6-7 wins and a bowl game take away from the focus on Idaho State.

"No pressure at all," Toomer said. "We know what we have here and that's something special brewing. We're just ready to let the world know. Everyone else…they're on the outside looking in and we know we have something special. It's no pressure, we just have to take care of business.

"We have to go hard every Saturday," Toomer said. "Each game we're going to have to approach the same no matter who we're playing. We can never underestimate anybody because that's when you catch teams slipping. It's not the best team on Saturday, it's the team that plays the best. Anybody can be beat and we're not taking that for granted."

It was a sharp day for the No. 1 units as they worked through the game plan against the scout teams. A good start to Week 1.

CB Brandon Golden remained sidelined with an ankle injury, but was running around on the sidelines a little bit. TE Aaron Dunn (quad) was also running around the practice field a bit, but remains sidelined.

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