PRACTICE: Lengthy, productive for Cougs

PULLMAN -- The Cougs practiced for nearly three hours Tuesday, working on nearly every aspect of the game and some new faces got some time with the 1's. The quarterback position remains a question with both experienced Cougar signal callers getting time with the first team.

Such an extended practiced demanded the utmost from the players. Coaches wanted more; they commanded more.

They got it.

Special teams coach Eric Russell asked the every Coug, ‘Are you out-working Colorado right now? If not, get the hell off my field!'

The Cougs came out fast on both sides of the ball. The defense stuffed the run and the offense let it fly.

Many are asking just who will be ‘letting it fly' this week. If Tuesday's practice was any indication, youth may reign supreme come Saturday.

Sophomore quarterback Connor Halliday got most of the snaps with the first team. Senior Jeff Tuel got about 25 percent of the snaps. Tuel continued to look limited, refraining from participating in several drills involving extensive mobility.

Senior offensive lineman Dan Spitz remained out of action, again not present at practice. Spitz has not been seen since the game against Eastern Washington. Coaches will not go into detail regarding injuries or absences.

The offensive line Tuesday looked similar to the group sent out against UNLV. Freshman Gunnar Eklund continued to run at left tackle, while the incumbent starter John Fullington remained at left guard.

A new face rotating with the offensive line Tuesday was true freshman Eduardo Middleton.

Offensive line coach Clay McGuire recently said Middleton has looked very good in the Thursday Night Football sessions.

"We're using Eduardo for practice purposes, getting him a little experience," McGuire said. "It'd have to be something disastrous to get him into the game."

McGuire said the line has looked better, but still has work to do.

"Not bad," McGuire said. "We've got a long ways to go, but they're getting there."

Elsewhere on the offensive side of the ball, sophomore slot receiver Rickey Galvin was absent from practice. Taking his spot at the H-receiver position was sophomore Bobby Ratliff. Galvin left Friday's game against UNLV holding his arm.

On the defensive side of the ball, the WILL linebacker position had a new starter. Junior Justin Sagote got all the first team snaps Tuesday, while sophomore Chester Sua ran with the 2's.

Washington State released an official depth chart yesterday, which also listed Sagote as the starter at WILL. Galvin was no longer listed on the depth chart.

The Cougs will take on the Colorado Buffalos Saturday at Martin Stadium at 1 p.m. It is also homecoming week at WSU.

Notable Note:

-- An Arizona Cardinals scout was on attendance all afternoon, soaking in the play on both sides of the ball.

Running with the 1's for the scrimmage:

OFFENSE
LT- Gunner Eklund
LG- John Fullington
C- Elliott Bosch
RG- Jake Rodgers
RT- Wade Jacobson
QB – Connor Halliday (Jeff Tuel received some snaps)
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 – Bobby Ratliff

DEFENSE
LT- Matthew Bock
NT- Ioane Gauta
RT- Steven Hoffart
BUCK- Travis Long
SAM- Cyrus Coen
MIKE- Darryl Monroe
WILL- Justin Sagote
CB- Damante Horton
CB – Nolan Washington
FS- Casey Locker
SS- Deone Bucannon

SPECIAL TEAMS
LS -Alex Den Bleyker
P - Mike Bowlin
KO - Bowlin/Andrew Furney rotation
FG - Furney
KR - Leon Brooks
PR - Leon Brooks (Rahmel Dockery got some snaps)

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