Newcomers make quick impact for Cougars

LEWISTON, Idaho -- While this is the second time coach Mike Leach has opened fall camp at Washington State, the incoming freshmen and junior-college transfers are the first full recruiting class he and his staff signed. Here are some observations on the newcomers -- some who already appear poised to earn playing time -- and others from the first day of camp.

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  • The Cougars arrived at Sacajawea Middle School at 2:30PM for warm-ups; practice officially kicked off around 3PM.

  • Although fourth-year junior Connor Halliday and redshirt freshman Austin Apodaca received the majority of reps today, freshman walk-on quarterback Luke Falk was able to show off his big arm in drills, and fellow freshman Tyler Bruggman received some run in skelly drills.

  • Freshman Cole Madison (6-5, 265) spent the afternoon at inside receiver, rather than guard.

  • Junior wide receiver Isiah Myers looked strong.

  • Sophomore linebacker Feddie Davey looked fast, he seems to be back to 100 percent after injuring his leg last year.

  • Senior cornerback Nolan Washington struggled a bit in coverage.

  • When it comes to JUCO transfer Vince Mayle, 240 pounds is not even a slight exaggeration. The wide receiver dusted off some cobwebs, with a couple false starts and a few drops today.

  • Freshman cornerback Daquawn Brown and freshman wide receiver River Cracraft looked particularly impressive. Look for each to contend for a starting role as true freshmen.

  • Redshirt sophomore Tana Pritchard had a nice day running at the SAM linebacker spot.

  • Sophomore Destiny Vaeao intercepted Halliday while playing at BUCK during 7-on-7 drills.

  • Senior cornerback Damante Horton had a fingertip-juggling interception against Apodaca during full-squad scrimmage.

  • Overall, the Cougar defense won the day -- a shorts and helmets practice.

  • A common theme among the players seemed to be adjusting to playing on grass, rather than turf like they're used to. The experience should help, as the Cougars' first two games will be played on grass.

  • It's easy to see that the Cougars are excited to get back on the field and seem to be looking forward to bonding with each other during the first 10 days of camp in Lewiston.

  • New Cougar QBs were sporting some stellar numbers today: Bruggman wearing number 10 (a la Alex Brink & Jeff Tuel); Isaac Dotson in number 17 (Jason Gesser & Mark Rypien), Luke Falk No. 4 (Matt Kegel) & Connor Ennis No. 8 (Mel Hein).

  • Senior safety Deone Bucannon may have had the interview of the day.

    On his weight gain-
    "Putting peanuts in your backpack. That's my big secret. That's what it was with me. Always having my peanuts."

    His favorite recipe-
    "I'd have to say pork chops and macaroni & cheese."

    Why the added mass-
    "More big hits. I ate right and attacked the weight room hard. I'm going to do everything I can to see this team win."

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