PRACTICE REPORT: Weather does not faze Cougs

PULLMAN -- The weather, which featured heavy wind and rain, might have resulted in a sloppy practice in recent years. But Tuesday's session was different. Also, the status of an offensive lineman remains unresolved, while quarterback Jeff Tuel's workload increased.

Washington State often has practiced poorly in the past in less than ideal conditions. But the opposite was true with the team executing consistently on both offense and defense. Coach Paul Wulff said he was pleased with the way his team fought through the rough conditions and credited their maturity.

"When you get locked in on something the weather becomes a non-factor," Wulff said. "These guys are growing and maturing and that helps practice a lot."

Meanwhile on the offensive line, starting right tackle Wade Jacobson was in street clothes Wednesday and did not participate in practice. Jacobson suffered a back injury late Tuesday and it was clear that the injury was bothering him on Wednesday.

Wulff said he's not sure if the senior will be able to go against UCLA, but that there's still plenty of time for Jacobson to recover in time for kickoff.

"There's still a good chance," Wulff said. "We're hoping he can do something tomorrow and Friday and we have all day Saturday so we have some time. We're hoping he will be back."

RT Dan Spitz, who missed the previous two days with a sickness, jumped in with the 1s and did a fine job in both his pass protection and opening holes in the ground game. If Jacobson is unable to go, Spitz appears to be the likely candidate to start, with redshirt freshman Jake Rodgers also being in the mix.

Two spots down the line, Matt Goetz and Andrew Roxas both saw extensive action at center with the former receiving a few more snaps than his counterpart. Both did a good job Wednesday, and for his part Roxas appears like he is getting close to 100 percent with his ankle. Wulff said Wednesday that a decision hasn't been made on who will start, but that he's excited knowing that he has two quality players who can handle the duties at the position.

"We don't know for sure (if Goetz will start) but I would say there's a good chance right now," Wulff said. "Andrew's ankle is getting better and even from Saturday to yesterday and today you can see that he's moving better so that's really encouraging. Just to have two guys that we feel comfortable with is great as we keep moving forward."

AS FOR THE action on the field, both the offense and defense were playing at a high level and plays were being made on both sides. QB Marshall Lobbestael saw virtually all the time running with the 1s, while Tuel and Connor Halliday worked with the 2s. Tuel did see some action with the 1s during a 7-on-7 drill and looked sharp.

Tuel's first completion came when he hit WR Isiah Barton for a 15-yard gain. Just two plays later, Tuel fired a 10-yard TD pass to WR Marquess Wilson, marking his first TD since returning to practice last week.

Speaking of Wilson, the sophomore sensation hauled in the play of the day during a drill where the WR was matched up with a defensive back. Wilson was matched up with CB Tracy Clark who had textbook coverage on him, but Wilson tipped the ball to himself in mid-air then did a 180 and caught the ball in the end zone. It went from a Clark interception to another amazing play by Wilson, which seems to come consistently in practice.

During the 1-on-1 drill, the offense made some big plays with Wilson and fellow WR Jared Karstetter leading the way, but the defensive backs also were breaking up passes. There would be times where a WR would make a catch, but the DB would be there to knock it loose before a reception was completed.

RUNNING WITH THE 1s
QB: Marshall Lobbestael
X receiver: Marquess Wilson
Flanker: Isiah Barton
Z receiver: Jared Karstetter
TE Andrei Lintz
LT: David Gonzales
LG: John Fullington
C: Matt Goetz (Andrew Roxas also seeing reps)
RG: B.J. Guerra (Taylor Meighen also seeing reps)
RT: Dan Spitz
RB: Rickey Galvin (Carl Winston and Logwone Mitz also seeing action)
DEFENSE
LE: Lenard Williams
LT: Toni Pole
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: Damante Horton (Daniel Simmons also seeing reps)

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