Clarity at QB and Wilson back in action

PULLMAN – The Cougs weren't playing on TV Saturday, but they were in action nonetheless. The Washington State football team hit the practice field Saturday night and what we learned is that Jeff Tuel appears to be in the driver's seat to start at quarterback and Marquess Wilson looks as good as new.

Jeff Tuel helmed the majority of the first-team offense, staking claim to a position in turmoil much of last week. Tuel took roughly two-thirds of the snaps and showed consistency throughout -- something that can't be said for much of last week's practices.

Aside from a bevy of short passes, Tuel let rip on a couple downfield heaves to promising freshman Gabe Marks. The two connected on some deep balls over the scout team defense, a sight unseen in recent weeks.

Another wideout fully participating was junior standout Marquess Wilson. The lanky athlete was knocked out of the game last week after a heavy hit to the head in the endzone.

Saturday night was by no means as intense as the Cougs have grown accustomed to, but that didn't make it any less important to coaches. Players were gifted the chance to recover Thursday and Friday of this week, a point not lost with defensive line coach Joe Salave'a.

"The biggest thing is we're getting healthy," Salave'a said.

Health will be important as next week pits the Cougars against a very physical team in the Stanford Cardinal (3:30 kickoff on the Pac-12 Network).

Asked about any outstanding differences regarding preparation for Stanford's physicality the Cougs will inevitably see, Salave'a wasn't shy as to what the Cougs need to do to succeed.

"They make you play up," Salave'a said. "If we don't play up with them, it's going to be a long day for us."

Although redundant, words that speak volumes to the Cougs chances this weekend.

Last season, the Cougs succeeded to a degree against the Cardinal. Headed into half, the Cougs trailed highly touted junior quarterback Andrew Luck and Stanford 10-7 at Martin Stadium. The Cougs eventually gave up 30 more points in the second half, but that strong showing may be something the Cougs can use as motivation headed to Palo Alto this Saturday.

Running with the 1's for the scrimmage:

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 ended up splitting reps by days end
RB –Marcus Mason/Carl Winston/Leon Brooks
X-WR – Marquess Wilson (Dominique Williams got some snaps)
Y-WR – Brett Bartolone (Gino Simone got a lot of reps)
Z-WR – Isiah Myers/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

LS - Alex Den Bleyker
P - Mike Bowlin
KO - Bowlin
FG - Furney
KR - Marquess Wilson, Rahmel Dockery, and Brett Bartolone
PR - Brett Bartolone and Leon Brooks

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