Leach said wide receivers caught 800 balls each Tuesday night, enough to keep them on the practice field for almost four hours in total.
"Off week means you don't have a game, off week didn't mean you don't have to work," Leach said. "We're not going to squander effort out here."
Although Leach said Monday that senior Jeff Tuel would take the first team snaps this week, he and third-year sophomore Connor Halliday split reps today for the second day in a row.
Neither looked to have a sizably better day than the other, although it is worth noting they both played well, something that can't be said for Tuesday's practice.
"Yesterday was horrible," Leach said. "Today was good, both of them played good today."
The Cougars were short a few players today after several players decided to leave the program in the last couple days. Leach said defection should be expected in the first year of a regime, noting that it's pretty common.
"We're going to raise the bar around here," Leach said. "Folks that don't fit in with that we don't expect to have around."
Leach added that there might be more departures in time, adding that effort and desire to win needs to become the norm around the program.
Although defense had a poor day in the coaches' eyes, it is important to note that a clear culture change has taken place with this defense. The squad has cohesion and incredible motivation.
On a daily basis, the players are yelling, screaming, taunting and giving the offense a difficult time. They take a lot of pride in their craft, something that wasn't as blatantly clear in recent years.
At least some of that appears related to the addition of defensive line coach Joe Salave'a. The former NFL player has brought a swagger and attitude to a team lacking a reason to possess one in the past. Couple that with defensive coordinator Mike Breske, a coach that relates well with his players, and you have a team looking to learn and develop as a group. NOTABLE NOTE:
LT- Gunnar Eklund (Brevick got some time)
LG- John Fullington (Goetz got some time)
C- Elliott Bosch (Meighen got some time)
RG- Jake Rodgers (Goetz got some time)
RT- Wade Jacobson (Brevick got some time)
QB – Jeff Tuel and Connor Halliday split reps
RB –Marcus Mason/Carl Winston/Leon Brooks
X-WR – Dominique Williams (Bennett Bontemps got a good amount of snaps.)
Y-WR – Brett Bartolone
Z-WR – Kristoff Williams/Bobby Ratliff
H-WR – Gino Simone and Gabe Marks split reps
LT- Matthew Bock
NT- Xavier Cooper
RT- Ioane Gauta (Steven Hoffart got some snaps)
BUCK- Travis Long (Logan Mayes got some time)
SAM- Cyrus Coen
MIKE- Darryl Monroe
WILL- Justin Sagote
CB- Anthony Carpenter
CB –Daniel Simmons
FS- Casey Locker and Tyree Toomer
SS- Deone Bucannon