Leach gives Cougs an earful, Halliday with 1s

PULLMAN -- Punishment was the name of the game Monday at Washington State. Whether it was the offensive linemen, wide receivers, defensive line, safeties -- it didn't matter, all received tongue-lashings. As for the quarterback situation with Jeff Tuel and Connor Halliday, the plot thickened…

Tuel sat out practice Monday, sporting a rather large brace on his right knee. The senior quarterback rode the stationary bike for the drills portion of practice, and then was a spectator during the scrimmaging portion of practice.

Sophomore quarterback Connor Halliday took all the snaps with the 1's. Backing him up, junior David Gilbertson ran with the 2's.

When asked whether Tuel would have to practice this week to play, head coach Mike Leach was mum on the word.

"We practice them whenever we think it's best and helps them the best," Leach said. "We'll see how it works."

Leach said the coaching staff would decide later whether or not a player that doesn't practice all week would play later that week.

LEACH WAS CLEARLY disappointed on Monday with junior safety Deone Bucannon's illegal hit against Eastern Washington, saying that the coaching staff won't stand for it.

"We took all kinds of punitive measures and addressed it," Leach said. "It was a late hit, it was a bad hit, and it's something we don't tolerate."

It should be pointed out the hit was out of character for Bucannon. The junior has arguably been the best player in the Cougar secondary and a fan favorite since shortly after he arrived at WSU – hard-hitting, but clean.

Leach added that the Pac-12 conference has not contacted him as to whether any disciplinary actions will take place from the conference. In keeping with his policy, Leach did not disclose what internal punishment had taken place with Bucannon.

THE SAFETY WASN'T the only one being chastised over their actions from Saturday. Leach said the offensive line had quite the workout yesterday.

"It was pretty taxing on some aspects of the body," Leach said. "We did some maneuvers in the sand to develop some focus skills."

When asked whether he thinks it will produce the desired results, Leach wasn't sure. But from this chair, observing Leach's attitude on the matter, the offensive line would be wise to avoid further penalties.

In two games, the offensive line has taken four touchdowns off the board (two on the same drive) and the offense has only scored three -- a disturbing statistic.

The displeasure being expressed by Leach on Monday didn't end there.

LEACH ALSO LET loss on All-America candidate wide receiver Marquess Wilson, calling out the junior for his work ethic, effort, and tenacity. Wilson was getting abused at the line of scrimmage much of the afternoon, so much so that Leach went over to him and required him to do 20 up-downs.

After those up-downs, Wilson's afternoon didn't get any easier. For every play from then on out, Leach informed Wilson he would either win the battle and play to his capabilities, or he'd receive more of the same.

Wilson didn't lose another battle all afternoon.

ON THE DEFENSIVE side of the ball, the d-line received a bellowing verbal bashing.

One of the graduate assistants tore into the group, asking for more from a unit who clearly lacked motivation early on in practice. Things picked up from there.

Freshman nose tackle Xavier Cooper continues to fully participate, having seen his first game action of the year this past Saturday – it was also his first game in his college career. Cooper continues to mostly run with the 2's, coming off an undisclosed injury in the last week or so that shuttered nearly all of his fall camp on through Week 1.

IT WASN'T ALL bad on Monday. The linebackers had a strong day of practice, specifically Darryl Monroe and Cyrus Coen, this rolling over from a strong performance against Eastern Washington.

"Coen played real well, played 80 snaps," said linebackers coach Jeff Choate. "He did a lot of different things for us, and he did a fine job."

Choate had good things to say about Monroe as well.

"When Darryl is fresh and healthy, he's a real physical presence for us," Choate said. "He had some shots on (QB Kyle) Padron late in the game that really made a difference for us -- and I think he sailed a couple balls because he was sick and tired of number 13 putting him on his back."

Choate added that a couple other young linebackers played well Saturday, and could eventually see more work on the field sooner rather than later – Kache Palacio and Feddie Davey.

"Feddie (Davey) is a guy who gives us a lot of versatility," Choate said. "He's a guy who's got to play. He's probably got a future at the SAM anyways. Getting him some game reps would be good if the opportunity presents itself."

Leach and crew don't discuss injuries so it was unknown if Jared Byers would be available on Saturday (he appeared to suffer a stinger in the second quarter and didn't return. He did not appear to be at practice on Monday.)

Choate said that some of the inner linebacker positions are interchangeable, so rotating guys around is always a possibility. He also said that Tana Pritchard and Palacio are the No. 3 MIK/WIL and BUCK, respectively.

If Byers isn't able to go as the No. 2 MIK behind Monroe, Justin Sagote could slide over from his No. 2 WIL and Pritchard could take his backup spot at the WIL, or Pritchard might be the No. 2 MIK.

Injury Update:
--Senior quarterback Jeff Tuel rode the bike for some of practice and did not participate
--Freshman linebacker Darryl Paulo did not participate
--Sophomore wide receiver Henry Eaddy did drills all afternoon away from the team
--Junior defensive lineman Justin Clayton worked out individually all afternoon
--Senior offensive tackle Dan Spitz did not participate due to a class conflict
--Freshman defensive tackle David Davis did not participate all afternoon

Running with the 1's for the scrimmage:

LT- John Fullington
LG- Jake Rodgers
C- Elliott Bosch
RG- Wade Jacobson/Matt Goetz
RT- Jacobson/Eklund
QB – Connor Halliday
RB – Carl Winston/Teondray Caldwell/Leon Brooks
X-WR – Marquess Wilson
Y-WR – Brett Bartolone (Andrei Lintz got some time)
Z-WR – Gabe Marks and Isiah Myers
H-WR – Rickey Galvin

LT- Matthew Bock
NT- Ioane Gauta
RT- Steven Hoffart
BUCK- Travis Long
SAM- Cyrus Coen
MIKE- Darryl Monroe
WILL- Chester Sua
CB- Damante Horton
CB – Daniel Simmons/Nolan Washington
FS- Taylor Taliulu (Tyree Toomer got some time)
SS- Deone Bucannon

LS -Alex Den Bleyker
P - Mike Bowlin
KO - Bowlin/Andrew Furney rotation
FG - Furney
KR - Leon Brooks
PR - Leon Brooks

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