FALL CAMP DAY 11: OL coach McGuire displeased

PULLMAN – A day off did not benefit the WSU offensive line, not according to o-line coach Clay McGuire. The Cougs returned to Rogers Field and Martin Stadium on Tuesday after spending the last 10 practices in Lewiston. After getting Sunday off, the WSU offensive line began practice with intensity on Day 11, but that fire quickly deteriorated and led to some strong words by McGuire.

"I was not real pleased with today," Clay McGuire said. "I did not think we were near as physical, and we did not play near the tempo we had been playing (with) or the excitement."

The o-line had been turning in recent improved performances, including a better run game and more protection for the QBs. However, the line struggled on Tuesday.

"We just looked sluggish out there and dragged around," McGuire said. "As far as execution and running the plays we are probably okay…it is the things in between the snaps that I was not real impressed with."

The o-line top-to-bottom is still on the young side but they do have some experience, and the Cougs have considerably more depth and size compared to last year and some of the youth are pushing the veterans.

"Right now, we have a couple of guys right now who are fighting for jobs." McGuire said. "It is pushing those guys that supposedly have those jobs, harder."

When asked what players had an opportunity to earn a starting position, McGuire noted a few players who impressed him in the scrimmage on Sunday.

"Zach Brevick and Matt Goetz," McGuire said.

True freshman OL Riley Sorenson has been receiving reps with the No. 2 unit and McGuire likes what he sees from the 6-4, 304-pounder out of Santa Margarita, Calif. Senior center Elliott Bosch said Sorensen has a bright future over his WSU career.

"Riley Sorenson, I think, is going to be really good," Bosch said. "He needs to get in the weight room and he is pretty raw, but he will be really good."

With the starting unit not solidified in McGuire's eyes, it appears he will continue utilizing the depth to enhance competition, pushing the group forward as they prepare for the season opener against Auburn and beyond.

THE O-LINE MAY have had a rough go of things but the day still belonged to the offense, but junior QB Connor Halliday was held out of 1-on-1 today and some of the individual drills. He did participate in the skelly and team sessions but he was evidently under orders to take it easy.

"That was Coach Leach's decision," Halliday said. "It was just to rest my arm a little bit."

Halliday looked solid during his reps in team and skelly, working on his touch instead of heaving the long ball downfield.

He set up junior WR Kristoff Williams on a jailbreak screen in which Williams was the beneficiary of excellent blocking and picked up a 20-yard gain during 11-on-11.

He also connected with junior wideout Isiah Myers on a route that ended up being a 30-yard gainer.

REDSHIRT FRESHMAN QB Austin Apodaca also had a good day, throwing a 20-yard TD pass to Myers in the team session.

He also showed off his decision making skills by staying in the pocket, making his reads, and eventually hitting junior RB Theron West for a 35-yard gain.

JUNIOR WIDEOUT Rickey Galvin had been having a solid fall camp, but struggled mildly today by dropping catchable balls.

"He needs to have a more focused practice then he did today." Leach said. "But he has had a bunch of good practices."

After practice, while the majority of the players were heading to the locker room, Galvin stayed late with freshman QB Tyler Bruggman, running routes and catching balls.

THE RUN GAME was spotty today. But senior RB Leon Brooks had an excellent run during team session, finding a hole and scampering his way upfield for a 17-yard gain while working with the second unit.

Sophomore RB Jeremiah Laufasa had the biggest hit of the day when he flattened senior CB Damante Horton when Horton tried to meet him head on in the open field. Laufasa also had a five-yard TD run when he slammed into resistance, the scooted around the side into the end zone.

SOPHOMORE BUCK LINEBACKER Destiny Vaeao has made a very smooth transition from defensive end. He continued to make his presence felt on Tuesday, getting a "sack" during team session on Apodaca.

The play of the day went to Horton though.

Apodaca threw a ball into the back of the end zone that was intended for Myers but Horton sold out and made a diving catch for the interception.

SENIOR DEFENSIVE BACK Anthony Carpenter, who moved over from corner earlier in camp, worked with the 1s during team session on Tuesday while Taylor Taliulu worked with the 2s.

NOTABLE NOTES:
Justin Sagote made two very nice open field tackles on RB Teondray Caldwell
Matthew Bock had a really nice burst one one play and put Matt Goetz on his back during OL/DL Drills • Tracy Clark had an INT in 1-on-1
Charleston White picked off Tyler Bruggman during 1-on-1
Tana Pritchard got the bulk of the reps on the strongside but was working with the No 2 unit in scrimmage with junior LB Cyrus Coen then taking over at the SAM
• Junior LB Chester Sua was in attendance, but was in street clothes.
• After missing the scrimmage on Sunday, junior OL Devonte McClain was a full participant today.
• During drills, sophomore OL Joe Dahl laid a solid pancake block on Coen.
• On special teams, senior kicker Andrew Furney went 4-for-5 on field goals in the special teams portion.
• After being limited the last few practices, West was a full participant on Tuesday.

Running with the 1s

OFFENSE
QB – Connor Halliday
RB – Teondray Caldwell and Marcus Mason
X, H, Y, and Z receivers – Many in rotation
LT- Gunnar Eklund
LG- Joe Dahl
C- Elliott Bosch
RG- John Fullington
RT- Rico Forbes

DEFENSE
DE- Toni Pole
NT- Ioane Gauta
DE- Xavier Cooper
BUCK- Destiny Vaeao
SAM- Tana Pritchard and Cyrus Coen
MIKE- Darryl Monroe
WILL- Justin Sagote
CB- Nolan Washington
CB - Damante Horton
S- Deone Bucannon
S- Anthony Carpenter

Not in attendance:
OL Matt Meyer
DL Paulo Lepua
S Darius Lemora

Bikes:
WR Tyler Baker
S Bennett Bontemps
LB Austin Rapp
S Paris Taylor

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