WSU announces spring grid schedule

MIKE LEACH'S first spring session as head man of the Cougars gets underway next Thursday, March 22 -- the first of 15 practice sessions. The annual Crimson and Gray Game will be held on April 21 in Spokane. But there will be one more spring practice session in Pullman following that game.

The Cougars will practice Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays at Rogers Field with the Crimson and Gray Game set for Saturday, April 21 at Joe Albi Stadium. Cougfan.com will be on hand to bring you first hand reports, photos and more.

Under Mike Leach and an entirely new staff for 2012, WSU enters spring ball with 47 returning lettermen from last year's squad, WSU said today in a release.

Washington State's release notes the return of six offensive starters from last season, including All-America wide receiver Marquess Wilson. Three starters from the offensive line, juniors John Fullington and Matt Goetz, and senior Dan Spitz, return along with redshirt senior Wade Jacobson, who missed much of the 2011 campaign after starting 11 games in 2010. Senior Carl Winston and redshirt sophomore Rickey Galvin, each of whom started six or more games last year, return at running back.

On defense, WSU counts seven returning starters. Senior defensive ends Travis Long and Lenard Williams, and senior defensive tackle Anthony Laurenzi, anchor the front line. All three of the starting linebackers from 2011 have departed though the secondary returns all four starters, including junior cornerbacks Damante Horton and Nolan Washington, senior safety Tyree Toomer and junior safety Deone Bucannon. WSU is switching to a 3-4 this season.

Washington State Spring Practice Schedule

Thursday, March 22 3:10 p.m.

Saturday, March 24 10:10 a.m.

Tuesday,  March 27 3:10 p.m.

Thursday, March 29 3:10 p.m.

Saturday, March 31 10:10 a.m.

Tuesday,  April 3 3:10 p.m.

Thursday, April 5 3:10 p.m.

Saturday, April 7 10:10 a.m.

Tuesday,  April 10 3:10 p.m.

Thursday, April 12 3:10 p.m.

Saturday, April 14 10:10 a.m.

Tuesday,  April 17 3:10 p.m.

Thursday, April 19 3:10 p.m.

Saturday, April 21 1 p.m. (Crimson & Gray Game, Joe Albi Stadium)

Tuesday,  April 24 3:10 p.m.

In addition to the spring practice schedule, WSU Athletics will again host a series of events in Spokane leading up to the Crimson and Gray Game. Spokane Week, as it has come to be known, will include the Cougar Club coaches luncheon, a pair of events at Northern Quest Resort & Casino featuring Cougar greats from the past, the Cougar baseball game at Gonzaga (April 17) and much more. A complete Spokane Week schedule of events will be released in the near future.

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