PRACTICE REPORT: Leach pegs new starter on OL

PULLMAN – The Cougs suited up under the lights Friday night for a quick run-through. But brief or not, Mike Leach showed that the Cougars' starting lineup can always change and made a move up front -- as well as announcing a "rough" idea of what the starting lineup looks like on offense with just under a week to go before the opener against BYU. The game captains were also named.

Mike Leach surprised the masses Friday, announcing that junior offensive lineman Matt Goetz has lost his starting spot on the offensive line. Senior Wade Jacobson was in a left guard for the second day in a row.

"We see how they do, and we put them out there," Leach said. "He's (Goetz) in the mix, but he's not in the first five right now."

Goetz had been running with the 1's throughout the entire fall camp and was widely regarded a ‘lock' to start at the left guard position for BYU.

The Cougs worked primarily on situational scrimmaging Friday in advance of BYU. The first team defense once again went against the scout team defense led by freshman quarterback Austin Apodaca.

Meanwhile, the first team offense competed against the scout team defense all evening.

THE COUGAR D looked very good Friday against the scout team offense, focusing on certain schemes and situations. They also intercepted several passes.

Junior cornerback Damante Horton made two interceptions on the night, playing sticky defense throughout practice.

The offense looked solid and was running like a well-oiled machine.

Leach hasn't named a starting quarterback but senior quarterback Jeff Tuel got almost every snap Friday night, and connected with a plethora or receivers.

The offensive line looked good once again going against their scout team counterparts in the trenches.

Leach said team captains for BYU game are Tuel, Travis Long, Deone Bucannon, Andrei Lintz and Andrew Furney. Players will vote each week on captains.

Although an official depth chart for BYU is expected out early next week, Leach did provide a "tentative" idea as to what the offense looks like at this time.

OFFENSE
LT- John Fullington

LG- Wade Jacobson

C- Elliott Bosch

RG- Jake Rodgers

RT- Dan Spitz


"We also have about three other guys who will play behind that," said Leach.

QB – Jeff Tuel

RB –Teondray Caldwell/Leon Brooks

X-WR – Marquess Wilson and Dominique Williams/Bennett Bontemps

Y-WR – Andrei Lintz, Brett Bartolone

Z-WR – Gabe Marks and Isiah Myers

H-WR – Rickey Galvin, Gino Simone and Bobby Ratliff


Leach added that depending on the talent and how in shape a player is will decide how much he plays.

He said he likes his best receivers to play roughly two out of three plays.

"If you play them any more than that you lose something in the fourth quarter," Leach said.

Leach said former Texas Tech standout Wes Welker was one of the only wideouts he's ever coached that could play three out of four plays.

On the defensive side of the ball, no changes were made. The 1's remained consistent with recent practices.

DEFENSE
LT- Matthew Bock

NT- Ioane Gauta

RT- Steven Hoffart

BUCK- Travis Long (Long rotated between playing as a stand-up and back-from-the-line defender, and with his hand down on the line, like a more traditional d-end)

SAM- Eric Oertel

MIKE- Darryl Monroe

WILL- Chester Sua

CB- Nolan Washington (Daniel Simmons got a few plays)

CB - Damante Horton

FS- Taylor Taliulu

SS- Deone Bucannon

SPECIAL TEAMS LS Alex Den Bleyker

P Mike Bowlin

KO Bowlin/Furney rotation

FG Furney


**The team did not work on kickoffs or punt returns Friday.

Leach noted at the end of practice he doesn't expect any players that began practicing during the first day of classes to contribute for "quite some time."

He also said Kristoff Williams would need a strong week of practice coming up if he hopes to contribute by Thursday in the tilt with BYU.

Injuries:
--Sophomore wide receiver Isiah Myers was a full participant.

--Sophomore wideout Kristoff Williams was a full participant.

--Junior linebacker Eric Oertel participated fully all afternoon.

--Senior wideout Gino Simone participated fully Friday night.

--Freshman nose tackle Xavier Cooper did not take part in most drills and may have taken a step back after some light work in recent days. The freshman nose tackle was again sporting a boot on Friday.

--Junior linebacker Darren Markle did not participate.

--Senior defensive end Lenard Williams did not participate.

--Freshman cornerback Ray Ford still had his cast but did participate, although no pads were necessary Friday.

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