PRACTICE: Lengthy, 'decent' and work remains

PULLMAN – The Cougs held a rather lengthy practice Sunday, cracking pads for almost three hours with the majority of the session in drills. All things said, from Day One to this point, the Cougars have taken huge strides. But on Sunday, the offense never really gained any momentum, while the defense seemed disengaged for segments of the extended session.

"Decent," said coach Mike Leach following practice in regards to the team's performance. "We have plenty of work to do."

The Cougs seemed to come out flat Sunday, lethargic in manner. From the get-go, receivers were dropping passes and offensive linemen were blowing assignments.

Balls were being underthrown, and corners weren't finishing plays.

The team lacked energy, and the coaches didn't let it go unnoticed.

On several occasions, multiple squads ended up doing up-downs, a sight all too common this fall.

The majority of the tiresome practice was dedicated to individual position drills and 7-on-7 skeleton drills. These drills are meant to sharpen the fundamentals, something that arguably wasn't accomplished Sunday. The remaining 15-20 minutes was spent scrimmaging.

"We need a game," said defensive coordinator Mike Breske. "We've put a lot of sweat equity into this stuff and I just want to see what these guys can do."

Breske added that this defense is awfully young, and they'll have to rely on their technique to succeed.

"In one word? Athletic," Breske said. "We got some good athleticism, but we've got to grow up in a hurry."

With the ‘dog days' clearly at-hand, this Cougar team needs some different competition to spark their competitive fire. Sunday represented what would characteristically be known as the ‘Tuesday practice.'

The scrimmaging still involved several situational aspects, and game-planning was clearly evident.

With everything moved up two days this week, the Cougs will have their final walk-through on Tuesday. They will board their plane Wednesday morning and head to Provo for the opener at BYU.

For the first time in recent years, the Cougs two deeps look to be relatively healthy headed into Game One, a testament to the hard work and conditioning put in this summer.

--Freshman cornerback Ray Ford fully participated but sported a club on his right hand throughout practice. From this vantage point, Ford looks to be in the mix as a second tier cornerback this year and, from the looks of things, is not expected to redshirt.

--Freshman nose tackle Xavier Cooper did not participate.

--Junior linebacker Darren Markle did not participate.

Running with the 1's for the scrimmage:

LT- John Fullington

LG- Wade Jacobson

C- Elliott Bosch

RG- Jake Rodgers

RT- Dan Spitz

QB – Jeff Tuel

RB – Carl Winston/Teondray Caldwell/Leon Brooks

X-WR – Marquess Wilson

Y-WR – Andrei Lintz/Rickey Galvin

Z-WR – Gabe Marks

H-WR – Brett Bartolone (Simone ran a little with the 1's)

LT- Matthew Bock

NT- Ioane Gauta

RT- Steven Hoffart

BUCK- Travis Long

SAM- Eric Oertel

MIKE- Darryl Monroe

WILL- Chester Sua

CB- Nolan Washington

CB - Damante Horton

FS- Taylor Taliulu

SS- Deone Bucannon

P - Mike Bowlin

KO - Bowlin/Andrew Furney rotation

FG - Furney

KR - Leon Brooks

PR - Leon Brooks

LS -Alex Den Bleyker

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