PULLMAN -- Day one of fall camp is in the books. Annabel Stephan takes a look at the news and notes from Rogers Field for Cougfan.com, including a most impressive day for slot receiver Andrei Lintz...
The first day of Washington State
's fall camp saw the Cougars perform as was expected.
Coach Mike Leach spent significant amount with the quarterbacks, and with six signal-callers on the roster, including two freshmen, this position is one that the Cougs need not be worried about.
Projected starter Jeff Tuel looked spotty at best, after overthrowing the ball a majority of the day for three interceptions (two were tipped). For now, however, it's probably okay to chalk that up to his being a little rusty. Tuel's main competiton, Connor Halliday, looked a little more crisp.
Freshmen quarterbacks Austin Apodaca and Connor Johnson threw during the first part of camp, but didn't get any reps during two-minute drills or in the scrimmages. Apodaca looked a bit anxious, but as it was his first day, it's understandable. Johnson, a walk-on, has a huge arm, but it wouldn't be a surprise to see him switch positions later in his career. With a little bit of weight added, he would definitely have the ideal build for a tight end.
Receivers were in constant rotation. It seemed as if the first team consisted of Jeff Tuel, Connor Halliday, and about ten wide receivers. If today's practice pace continues throughout the fall, it's going to be difficult to determine who is on the first team.
Andrei Lintz would likely win player of the day awards, as he continuously displayed his soft hands and catching ability. Lintz, who was in the H-slot for most of the day, looks every bit of the 6'5", 250 lbs. he's listed at. It's safe to assume he'll be a match up nightmare for most of the Pac-12.
Marquess Wilson had a solid performance today. Nothing spectacular, and it did look like he got the wind knocked out of him towards the end of camp, but nothing to really harp on, either.
MIKE LEACH OVERSEES THE DAY ONE ACTION.
Again, the freshmen didn't see much playing time, though Gabriel Marks got some time running with the second team. Rahmel Dockery saw a little bit of time as a return man and at receiver with the second team, but struggled to hold on to the ball with the exception of two touchdown passes he caught from David Gilbertson.
Running back Rickey Galvin looked explosive in the return game and as a running back, as did Leon Brooks. Currently, Galvin looks most promising as a return man with Brooks second.
Mike Bowlin had a huge leg today in practice as a punter. He looks very promising.
The offensive line continues to be a question mark. Gunnar Eklund got a lot of time with the first team at both left guard and left tackle. Right tackle Rico Forbes started the day with the first team, but didn't practice the second half of practice (looked like an ankle injury).
The defensive line and linebacking unit both have a lot of work to do. They gave up a lot of big yards on the run. In the secondary, safeties were often out of position. It seemed as one of their biggest struggles was handling the upbeat tempo of practice. Often times the ball would be snapped, yet the defense wasn't in their proper formation. They are going to have to learn to communicate if they are hoping to stand their own against the offenses of the Pac-12.
Damonte Horton was a ball hawk today, knocking down two passes. Nolan Washington left an impression also, with an interception and a few knockdowns, Washington was in the back pocket of every receiver.
A few of the players looked like they've put on some weight: receiver Bobby Ratliff is much bigger than in Spring, defensive end Logan Mayes is up 27 pounds, and defensive end Xavier Cooper looked huge. With his size, he may even rotate into the nose tackle position.
Lenard Williams got quite a bit of time at defensive end and looked quick on his feet.
It's still much too early to answer most questions, but the energy is high and there was plenty of mention on the field of both BYU and the Huskies...
Joe Doyle also contributed to this report.