LEWISTON -- So much for the searing heat known to gather at the confluence of the Snake and Clearwater rivers this time of year. Washington State's Cougars opened fall camp an hour ago in Lewiston under partly cloudy skies and 72-degree temperatures. Besides the unusually mild weather, a couple of other things stood out in the first 45 minutes -- including the arm of a rookie quarterback.
Make no mistake, walk on signal caller Luke Falk
's right arm is as strong as advertised. He was rocketing the ball around in the early going.
The 6-4, 203-pounder from Logan, Utah, turned down offers from Idaho and Cornell to test his mettle in the Air Raid against fellow freshmen QBs Tyler Bruggman
, Isaac Dotson
and Connor Ennis.
Falk passed for 5,124 yards and 53 TDs in two years at Logan High.
Other quick observations from the early going of Day One:
JC receiver Vince Mayle is every bit the 240 pounds he is reported to have on his 6-3 frame. He is a large, large man. And agile, too.
Freshman Cole Madison, widely expected to be an offensive linemen, is running with the inside receivers.
Receivers coach Dennis Simmons looks like he's ready to suit up. He's in great shape and perhaps 30 pounds lighter than he was last spring. He's been all over the field today coaching up the wideouts.
Freshman corner Daquawn Brown, who is thought to be in line for immediate playing time, grabbed an INT over receiver Robert Lewis at the start of 11-on-11 drills.
CF.C WILL BE BACK LATER WITH COMPLETE WRITTEN, VIDEO AND PHOTOGRAPHIC COVERAGE TONIGHT.
RECEIVER ISIAH MYERS TAKES A QUICK BREATHER FOLLOWING A GREAT CATCH IN SKELLY DRILLS TODAY.