WSU NOTEBOOK: Forbes making his presence felt

LEWISTON – A true freshman wide receiver continued his hot fall camp start and relished the opportunity to work with the ones Tuesday. Meanwhile, a redshirt freshman got off the exercise bike and returned to practice, a veteran offensive lineman stepped into a leadership role at the end of practice and one Coug celebrated his birthday in style.

• With the Cougs in full pads for the first time this fall camp, the sound of banging helmets and shoulder pads echoed throughout the Sacajawea Junior High campus. Practice began at 2:55 PM sharp with a customary bull-in-the-ring drill.

• After spending the majority of camp on the bike, redshirt freshman corner Rahmel Dockery was a full participant today.

• Freshman WR River Cracraft seems to be working his way up the ladder and earned reps with the No. 1 offense.

• The Cougs spent a great deal of time on special teams, focusing on blocking and field goals. The holder for the majority of field goals was senior punter Michael Bowlin.

• During scrimmage, sophomore linebacker Darryl Monroe laid a bone-shattering hit on sophomore receiver Brett Bartolone as he attempted to make a catch over the middle.

• Redshirt junior wide receiver Bobby Ratliff has been very consistent throughout camp. However, Ratliff dropped multiple catchable balls during today's scrimmage.

• At the end of practice, the team came together so Mike Leach could address them. Before he spoke, senior offensive lineman Rico Forbes stood up and told players to pipe down and listen.

• After a touchdown from sophomore wide receiver Robert Lewis, the 6-6, 300-pound Forbes jumped on the 5-9 155-pounder in celebration and with a great deal of enthusiasm.

• Today was sophomore WR Gabe Marks' birthday and he celebrated with three diving grabs, one of which came in the corner of the end zone as the Cougs worked on red-zone drills.

• Freshman CB Daquawn Brown continues to improve each day. The Cougar rookie has shown a knack for finding his way to the ball and he does so in a hurry.

• Junior linebacker Chester Sua, freshman defensive linemen Paulo Lepua and freshman offensive linemen Matt Meyer were not in attendance.

• Sophomore walk on defensive back Michael Fields did not suit up for practice, but was in attendance.

• Redshirt sophomore defensive lineman Moritz Christ, who spent time on the bikes yesterday, was not in attendance today.

Cracraft sound bites
What he worked on over the summer:
"My routes," Cracraft said. "That is kind of what I like to focus on."

Who he looks up to on the team:
"The first guy I met here was Brett Bartolone, he is one of the reasons I came here," Cracraft said. "To all the younger guys, he is a good person to look up to."

Halliday on Cracraft:
"River Cracraft is picking up the offense as fast as he can," Halliday said. "It takes a little while to pick this (the offense) up."

On the bikes:
Sophomore linebacker Feddie Davey
Sophomore safety Paris Taylor
Freshman linebacker Austin Rapp
Red shirt sophomore wide receiver Tyler Baker

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