PRACTICE: Another wideout emerging for Cougs

PULLMAN -- A pair of quarterbacks shared playing time with the first team during Tuesday evening's practice even though Washington State coach Mike Leach said the starter for Saturday's game against Oregon State "probably" is set. In addition to that, a wide receiver once buried on the depth chart has emerged, and a former defensive lineman has switched to offense.

Senior quarterback Jeff Tuel and redshirt sophomore quarterback Connor Halliday shared most of the snaps with the latter getting slightly more. Leach said earlier in the week Halliday would probably start against the Beavers.

Elsewhere on the field, redshirt sophomore wide receiver Kristoff Williams began taking snaps with the first- and second-team offenses. Williams hadn't been an integral part of the offense since fall camp, partially due to nagging injuries that restricted his ability to fully participate.

"I see him rotating in more and more heading into Oregon State," Leach said.

Leach added one focal point that needs to be addressed is the play of the offensive line. Although the group is thin and inexperienced, more must be done to protect the quarterback and develop some semblance of a running game.

"I think we can do better," Leach said. "We could have done some things to help them out, though I didn't think they played real well. We've had a lot of different faces in there at offensive line."

A call to action, maybe, but offensive line coach Clay McGuire believes the squad is up to the challenge and sees greener pastures ahead.

"There was some things we did well," McGuire said. "This is about results. There were opportunities out there to make big plays happen if we just give the quarterback one more second."

McGuire said Oregon State is the perfect opportunity for the offensive line to have a breakthrough game and showcase some of the experience and camaraderie they've begun to develop.

"The guys we're playing in there are holding up and playing hard," McGuire said. "This will be the first game we get to start the same offensive line back-to-back. We haven't had multiple weeks where the same guys are playing."

For an offensive line that has been thin since injuries ravaged the team in fall camp, McGuire and his squad welcomed a new face Tuesday in senior Adam Coerper, formerly a defensive end. It appears Coerper's move from defense to offense will help to shore up the trenches where inexperience and a lack of depth has been an issue for quite some time.

"We're thin at some spots, so he's starting to work some o-line stuff for us," McGuire said. "He's been a hell of a team player for us so he's helping out wherever he can."

The offensive line will look to contain a capable pass rush Saturday when the Cougars take against No. 14 OSU.

The 1s
Running with the 1s for the scrimmage:

LT- John Fullington (Brevick got some time)
LG- Wade Jacobson (Goetz/Meighen/Brevick got some time)
C- Elliott Bosch (Meighen got some time)
RG- Jake Rodgers (Goetz/Meighen/Brevick got some time)
RT- Gunnar Eklund (Brevick got some time)
QB– Connor Halliday and Jeff Tuel
RB– Carl Winston/Teondray Caldwell/Leon Brooks
X-WR– Marquess Wilson (Dominique Williams got some snaps)
Y-WR– Brett Bartolone (Gino Simone got some time)
Z-WR– Isiah Myers (Bennett Bontemps got some snaps)
H-WR– Gabe Marks (Gino Simone got some snaps)

LT- Matthew Bock
NT- Xavier Cooper
RT- Ioane Guata (Steven Hoffart got some snaps)
BUCK- Travis Long (Logan Mayes got some time)
SAM- Cyrus Coen
MIKE- Darryl Monroe
WILL- Justin Sagote
CB- Damante Horton
CB– Daniel Simmons
FS- Casey Locker (Tyree Toomer got half the snaps)
SS- Deone Bucannon

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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