The tempo was set by the offensive and defensive linemen midway through practice, where flared after the whistle during a 7-on-7 drill.
There was constant trash talk occurring between both units until coaches intervened to stop any fights.
Until the last play.
That is when a fight broke out between the lines. While players quickly were separated, the intensity of the moment fueled an energetic remainder of practice.
"I thought they had a good day," Wulff said. "It's always been a goal of mine to keep getting better and better as the season goes along. We did it a year ago and we're going to do it now."
THE OFFENSE HAD a positive day, with QB Marshall Lobbestael continuing to be productive. Lobbestael was spot on with his WRs, and had no turnovers for the second straight session. Lobbestael and RB Rickey Galvin turned in the play of the day toward the end of practice when Galvin made a thrilling one-handed grab. It was so good that defensive coordinator Chris Ball and wide receivers coach Mike Levenseller joined in the celebration.
Wulff told CF.C Wednesday that the Cougs have been more up-beat and excited. He said that he thinks it's because the team is ready to continue to battle in hopes of taking the Cougars to their first bowl game since 2003. In order to do so, WSU must win at least three of its last four games, but Wulff said the team is ready to fight for those wins.
"Their goal has been to get to a bowl game without question," Wulff said. "It's November, we're still in the hunt and there's a lot of reasons for them (to be enthusiastic) and I think that's one of them."
From an injury standpoint, DT Kalafitoni Pole, LB Mike Ledgerwood and WR Kristoff Williams all returned to practice as full participants and went through all the drills. Pole saw more action running with the 1s and was getting reps behind DT Brandon Rankin. Pole is recovering from a pinched nerve in his neck, but Wulff said he's hopeful the redshirt freshman can play this weekend at California.
"Well they're better," Wulff said on Pole's chances of playing Saturday. "The fact that he got through pads today was really positive so hopefully it's just a progression for him."
RUNNING WITH THE 1s
QB: Marshall Lobbestael
X receiver: Marquess Wilson
Flanker: Isiah Barton (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: Carl Winston (Rickey Galvin and Logwone Mitz also seeing action)
LE: Lenard Williams
LT: Brandon Rankin (Kalafitoni Pole also getting reps)
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 (Casey Locker also seeing action running with the 1s)
CB: Damante Horton (Daniel Simmons also seeing reps)