WSU PRACTICE REPORT: DL and LB making noise

PULLMAN-- The Cougs were hard at work Wednesday with first road game of the season ess than three days away. Paul Wulff talked with CF.C following Wednesday's practice, and said the team is near where they need to be to come out with a road win at San Diego State this weekend. Plus, an injury update including the latest on DT Toni Pole, C Andrew Roxas and more. Read on.

The Cougs indeed were in full pads on Wednesday and the tempo was at a high pitch during most parts of the session.

However, there were some breakdowns on defense that led to some measure of success from the scout offense, and that had the defensive coaches voicing their displeasure.

Still, there were plenty of plays made on both defense and offense, and Wulff said the Cougs are on pace.

"We're close," Wulff said. "We still have some work we have to do. We need tomorrow and Friday's routine practice days to really get better, but we're o.k."

On the defensive line, DT Pole missed practice Wednesday and spent his day on the stationary bike nursing his left knee.

Pole was able to walk without a limp on the knee he injured in his Tuesday's session, but it is yet to be determined if he will be able to play on Saturday.

With Pole out on Wednesday, DT Brandon Rankin has stepped in with the 1s for the last two days and has performed well.

As has been the case since he arrived on campus, "Bubba" is a force at the line of scrimmage, and saw success battling the hosses up front against the 1s and the scout team in the afternoon session.

"I think he's done well," Wulff said. "He's just getting better all the time and it's consistency for him and like all our guys it's the key thing but he's gotten better."

Another highlight for the defense Wednesday -- the play of C.J. Mizell.

Mizell, who has been nicknamed The General, was directing his troops on D against the scout team and he was really getting after it.

Of the first five plays against the scouts, Mizell, flying all over the field, made three of the first five tackles. On the last takedown, Mizell shot through the gap and met with RB Eric Oertel behind the line of scrimmage, tackling him for a loss of two yards.

Over on offense, starting center Andrew Roxas was in full pads for the beginning of practice and looked fine out on the field. But Roxas was only able to go for the first portion and was seen walking off the field.

He looked fine, and it appeared as though the coaches only wanted to get some brief work for him to test his injured ankle. While he would seem probable, his official status is also uncertain at the moment.

With Roxas out, Taylor Meighen jumped in with the 1s for the second straight day. The offensive line provided good protection for starting QB Marshall Lobbestael -- a carbon copy of the pass protection in Tuesday's session -- and it allowed for Lobbestael to connect with WR Marquess Wilson.

It came on one of the last plays of practice, and wa snot only the play of the day but the play of the week.

Lobbestael fired deep for Wilson in between scout-teamers CB Brandon Golden and safety Tyrone Duckett. The ball appeared to be out of reach for Wilson, but the sophomore sensation threw his left arm out and reeled the ball in one handed for a 40 yard gain. The play led to plenty of "oohs" and "aahs", but Wilson is making more and more of those kinds of plays.

Is SDSU a must win for the 2-0 Cougs? The question was put to Wulff.

"It is one game and whether we win or lose, whenever those things happen to a football team you flush them and you move to the next week," Wulff said. "I just don't believe one game makes a season or breaks it. We just have to go out there and play good football.

"We're focused on this game and that's all that matters. We have to go down there and play a dang good football team on the road."

  • The kickoffs on Wednesday were very much improved. Both Andrew Furney and Alex Gauper had good distance on their kicks, but more importantly, they had some good hang time. Wulff said after practice that the unit it still trying to improve on their consistency, but that both kickers did a fine job during Wednesday's practice.

    QB: Marshall Lobbestael
    X receiver: Marquess Wilson
    Flanker: Isiah Barton
    Z receiver: Jared Karstetter
    TE Andrei Lintz
    LT: David Gonzales
    LG: John Fullington
    C: Taylor Meighen (Roxas some early time here as well)
    RG: B.J. Guerra
    RT: Wade Jacobson
    RB: Rickey Galvin (Logwone Mitz and Carl Winston also saw substantial action)

    LE: Adam Coerper
    LT: Brandon Rankin
    RT: Anthony Laurenzi
    RE: Travis Long
    SAM: Sekope Kaufusi
    MIKE: C.J. Mizell
    WILL: Alex Hoffman-Ellis
    CB: Nolan Washington
    SS: Deone Bucannon FS: Tyree Toomer (Note: Casey Locker also seeing action running with the 1s)
    CB: Daniel Simmons (Damante Horton also getting plenty of reps)

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