PRACTICE REPORT: Injury bug nips at Cougs

PULLMAN -- Washington State certainly cannot afford injuries as it prepares to play at noon Saturday at No. 7 Oregon (TV: Root Sports), but that is exactly how Wednesday's practice unfolded. A couple of big bodies went down, and while the injuries don't appear to be serious, it did require them to miss the last half of practice.

Both the offensive and defensive line have been thin at times this season and they took a hit toward the middle of practice. After rushing up the middle, DT Kalafitoni Pole went down hard on the turf and did not get up for at least four minutes as the training staff attended to him.

With Pole out, DT Justin Clayton jumped into the rotation with the 1s along with DTs Anthony Laurenzi and Brandon Rankin.

Pole was able to get up under his own power, but did not return to practice with what appeared to be either a neck or head injury. In addition to Pole, starting RT Dan Spitz also saw his day end short during drills toward the end of practice. Spitz was seen on the sidelines with ice wrapped over his right shoulder and was unable to return to practice.

With Spitz unable to go for the team's last session against the scout team, redshirt freshman Jake Rodgers jumped in with the 1s.

Spitz's injury, similar to Pole's, didn't appear overly serious.

The status of both players was not available at press time, but CF.C will have full details on both players as soon as it released.

AS FOR THE action on the field, it was a usual Wednesday practice for the Cougs with the majority of the work for the starters coming against the scout team in their preparation for Oregon. One thing that stuck out was QB Marshall Lobbestael's accuracy throughout the afternoon. The redshirt senior was on point with his WRs against both the scout team and his short amount of work versus the 1s.

Lobbestael and WR Marquess Wilson appeared to be in sync with the two hooking up on multiple completions.

On defense, the major emphasis was continuing to operate at a high tempo for a third straight day. The Cougs were flying around the field, with the emphasis on making plays.

Against the scout team there were several instances where players would plug the holes for tackles and get a RB stopped. But the team did struggle at completing routine interceptions. Both the LBs and defensive backs dropped certain picks, something that really hurt WSU during Saturday's 44-21 loss against Oregon State.

Another focus on Wednesday was the special-teams work, with today's emphasis on kickoffs. K Andrew Furney appeared to be getting more hangtime and kick the ball with a little bit more distance. Furney still had plenty of kicks that were short of the goal line, though.

WR Henry Eaddy (concussion) was in a yellow no-contact jersey for the second straight day, and was returning kicks with RB Marcus Mason and RB Rickey Galvin.

NOTABLE NOTE:
  • Sam LB Sekope Kaufusi also was missing from practice on Wednesday. The reason for his absence was unavailable at press time. With Kaufusi out, freshman Chester Sua jumped in with the 1s.

    RUNNING WITH THE 1s
    OFFENSE
    QB: Marshall Lobbestael
    X receiver: Marquess Wilson
    Flanker: Isiah Barton (Note: Bobby Ratliff also seeing reps with the 1s)
    Z receiver: Jared Karstetter
    TE Andrei Lintz
    LT: David Gonzales
    LG: John Fullington
    C: Matt Goetz (Andrew Roxas also seeing reps with 1s)
    RG: B.J. Guerra
    RT: Dan Spitz (Jake Rodgers also seeing reps with 1s)
    RB: Rickey Galvin (Carl Winston and Logwone Mitz also seeing action)
    DEFENSE
    LE: Lenard Williams
    LT: Toni Pole (Brandon Rankin also seeing reps with 1s)
    RT: Anthony Laurenzi (Justin Clayton also seeing reps with 1s)
    RE: Travis Long
    SAM: Chester Sua
    MIKE: C.J. Mizell
    WILL: Alex Hoffman-Ellis
    CB: Nolan Washington
    SS: Deone Bucannon
    FS: Tyree Toomer (Note: Casey Locker also seeing reps with 1s)
    CB: Damante Horton (Daniel Simmons also seeing reps with 1s)

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