WSU PRACTICE REPORT: Tuel's workload climbs

PULLMAN -- Washington State quarterback Jeff Tuel saw his most extensive work during Monday's practice since breaking his left clavicle Sept. 3 against Idaho State. While fellow signal-caller Marshall Lobbestael continued to run with the 1s, Tuel had his most productive practice with the second team and Wulff said the junior's repetitions will continue to increase during the next few days.

The weather in Pullman continued to be sporadic with intermittent rain showers, which were welcomed by the players during the hour-long session. Tuel, who could potentially return to the gridiron this week for the Cougars, participated in both the 7-on-7 drills and worked against the scout-team defense.

During his work during the 7-on-7 drill, Tuel was 3-of-5 for around 33 yards with his only two incompletions coming on deep balls down the sidelines. What was most noticeable about Tuel's throwing motion was that he was looking more comfortable and wasn't holding his left arm as close to his body as he had been in previous weeks.

"He's coming along," Wulff said. "He's feeling a little bit better all the time and he'll get more reps this week. Again, it will be a situation we'll have to evaluate once we get to gameday."

While Tuel is working to get back into form, Lobbestael was making smart decisions in his work Monday night. He was connecting with his receiving corps consistently throughout the night.

ON THE INJURY FRONT, there were a few bodies missing in action, including RT Wade Jacobson (back) and WR Isiah Barton (ankle). RT Dan Spitz, who made his first career start last week, remained the starter with the 1s. Meanwhile, Barton was in street clothes at practice and had a boot on his left ankle.

As for the rest of the team, the group was operating at a high clip and there was plenty of passion following the tough loss Saturday night at UCLA. Following practice, Wulff said he was pleased with how the team performed and the players have moved on and are looking forward to this weekend's challenge.

"It was good," he said. "You've got to learn how to flush games -- win, lose, or draw -- that's just the way it is because you can't let it affect your next opponent. Our minds have to be clear for Saturday."

Starting safety Tyree Toomer said that the team has flushed the loss and is ready for the challenge that the dangerous Cardinal will bring to Pullman this weekend.

"It did leave a little sour taste, but now we're moving on to Stanford," Toomer said. "That's the beauty about football in general, the next week you get to prepare for the next week, a new opponent so it's like you're starting all over again."

TODAY MARKS THE first day of Homecoming week in Pullman and the campus is covered with decorations. The buzz around campus is on the amount of people who will be packing the Pullman streets and Martin Stadium for Saturday's game and Toomer said the team is excited to play in front of Cougar Nation for the first time in awhile.

"We love the fact that it's homecoming and we know we're going to have our 12th man," Toomer said. "We get to play in Martin Stadium and it's been a long time since we've done that so everybody's excited to play back at home in front of the Cougar faithful."

RUNNING WITH THE 1s
QB: Marshall Lobbestael
X receiver: Marquess Wilson
Flanker: Henry Eaddy (Note: Bobby Ratliff also seeing action running with the 1s)
Z receiver: Jared Karstetter
TE Andrei Lintz
LT: David Gonzales
LG: John Fullington
C: Matt Goetz (Andrew Roxas also getting reps)
RG: B.J. Guerra
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: Mike Ledgerwood
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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