PRACTICE: Halliday, Long sit this one out

PULLMAN – The Cougars were short a few good men on Monday. Still, they sired fire and energy on the practice field all evening and are clearly looking to instill the "next man up" philosophy. Coaches concur that the team has grown this season – and has a lot to look forward to in 2013.

Senior BUCK linebacker Travis Long and sophomore quarterback Connor Halliday were both absent from practice Monday, although Long was spotted in sweats watching from the sidelines. There have been reports circulating that both may have sustained injuries in Saturday's 46-7 loss at Arizona State.

"Jeff will probably start this week," said coach Mike Leach. "(Connor) is busy doing other stuff."

Some reports out of Pullman had Halliday experiencing a "spinning" sensation following the loss to the Sun Devils, possibly indicating concussion-like symptoms.

In place of the sidelined Long was sophomore Logan Mayes. The pass-rushing specialist received almost every first-team snap at the BUCK position, losing only a few snaps to freshman Kache Palacio.

"Logan in terms of his pass rush has been very explosive," said defensive coordinator Mike Breske. "He's going to be playing a lot more this Friday."

A source close to the program said Sunday that Long sustained a right-knee injury against ASU and that his knee is ‘pretty messed up.'

While such a statement is fairly ambiguous, it may suggest that Long will miss the Apple Cup on Friday afternoon in Pullman.

"(Logan) finds a way to find that littlest crack and get to the quarterback," Breske said. "We're going to take full advantage of that come Friday."

Injuries aside, a couple new faces also saw plenty of time running with the 1's during practice.

Freshman safety Taylor Taliulu played alongside junior Deone Bucannon for a majority of the session, replacing incumbent starter Casey Locker. Taliulu has two starts under his belt this season, and has tallied 21 tackles on the season.

As far as the rivalry between Washington State and Washington, Breske said Monday that he's excited to draw comparisons between the Apple Cup and the Montana and Montana State rivalry that he took in during his three-year tenure as the defensive coordinator with the Grizzlies.

"I'll have a better idea come Friday after experiencing it," Breske said. "The ‘Call of the Wild' rivalry is pretty intense for (Montana). I'm looking forward to it Friday early afternoon."

The Cougars will face off against the rival Huskies at 1:30 p.m. Friday. (TV: Fox)

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

LT- John Fullington
LG- Jake Rodgers
C- Elliott Bosch
RG- Matt Goetz
RT- Wade Jacobson
QB – Jeff Tuel (David Gilbertson got 2nd team reps)
RB –Marcus Mason/Carl Winston/Leon Brooks/Teondray Caldwell
X-WR –Dominique Williams
Y-WR – Brett Bartolone (Andrei Lintz got some snaps)
Z-WR – Gabe Marks (Kristoff Williams got some time)
H-WR – Bobby Ratliff (Gino Simone got some reps)

LT- Matt Bock
NT- Ioane Gauta
RT- Xavier Cooper
BUCK- Logan Mayes (Kache Palacio got a few snaps)
SAM- Cyrus Coen
MIKE- Darryl Monroe
WILL- Justin Sagote
CB- Anthony Carpenter and Nolan Washington
CB –Daniel Simmons
FS- Taylor Taliulu
SS- Deone Bucannon

LS - Alex Den Bleyker
P - Mike Bowlin
KO - Bowlin
FG - Andrew Furney
KR - Rahmel Dockery, Leon Brooks, Theron West, and Brett Bartolone
PR - Brett Bartolone, Leon Brooks, Theron West, Rahmel Dockery and Marcus Mason

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