"It's feeling pretty good," Jeff Tuel said of working his way back from a broken collarbone. "Every once in a while I'll pull it here and there but I think I'm going to go through some pain as part of the recovery process but overall it's feeling really good."
The energy was high for the second consecutive day, and both the offense and defense were operating at a high level. Tuel saw more action running with the 1s, in both the 7-on-7 drills and against the scout team. Tuel had trouble finding some of his WRs early on, but looked more comfortable towards the end of practice.
In the last period against the scout team, where Tuel would jump in for starting QB Marshall Lobbestael, he did his best work.
The highlight was a 35-yard completion to WR Marquess Wilson, where Wilson went high into the air to haul it in.
"I've thrown thousands of balls to those guys over the years and in the summer," Tuel said. "I feel fine with that (chemistry), it's just fine-tuning myself and cleaning some of my mechanics and getting some of my (passes) up."
LOBBESTAEL SAW THE majority of the snaps running with the 1s and, according to Paul Wulff on Tuesday, will get the start again this week.
Lobbestael has looked sharp thus far this week in practice, and fired a perfect 30 yard pass on one of the last plays of practice to hit WR Isiah Myers perfectly in stride.
OVER ON THE other side of the ball, defensive coordinator Chris Ball's unitlooked good for the second straight day against both the scout team and the 1s. Still, the D will have their most difficult challenge on the season when the Cardinal come to Pullman.
"We had a great practice today and we have to take advantage of these days we have," Cb Nolan Washington said. "We have to practice hard and practice physical. They're a very big team and physical and they want to run the ball on us so we have to be ready to stop the run."
Washington and the rest of the defense will face Stanford QB Andrew Luck, who has dazzled this season with 1,383 passing yards and 14 TDs.
"He runs it and he's a senior so he knows the offense like the back of his hand," said Washington.
TOWARDS A PRACTICE'S CONCLUSION this year, the Cougs have been running sprints to work on their timing and execution -- and they haven't had a fully perfect drill this season. That changed Tuesday with the team running through their 10 sprints expertly, and they were not stopped or asked to run a sprint over.
"It was surprising and satisfying," Tuel said. "I couldn't believe it because as players we feel the coaches are going to start us over no matter what but everyone was digging and finishing through the line. It was really good and we finished practice on a high note as well."
ON THE INJURY front, RT Wade Jacobson (back) and WR Isiah Barton (ankle) did not participate in practice and Barton was still wearing a boot on his left ankle. On the defensive line, starting DE Lenard Williams, in for injured Adam Coerper, was absent from practice though it was unclear as to the reason at press time.
With Williams out, walk-on DE Matthew Bock jgot in some work with the 1s opposite of DE Travis Long. DEs Skylar Stormo and Jordan Pu'u Robinson worked with the 2s, and freshman Logan Mayes also saw some reps with the back-ups. Sekope Kaufusi was in a yellow no-contact jersey to rest his injured shoulder, but he spent the entire afternoon running with the 1s and the shoulder doesn't appear to both him.
RUNNING WITH THE 1s
QB: Marshall Lobbestael (Jeff Tuel also seeing reps)
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)
LE: Matthew Bock
LT: Kalafitoni Pole (Brandon Rankin also seeing reps with 1s)
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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