FALL CAMP DAY 16: Cougs go under the lights

PULLMAN — In a helmets and shorts session Sunday evening, the Cougs hit Martin Stadium for a laid back practice that featured plenty of fundamental work. There was plenty of excitement toward the end of practice, however, with several lineman trying their luck at catching punts from senior kicker Mike Bowlin. The entertaining drill led to a series of hoots and hollers from the entire squad.

With the first day of classes slated to start at WSU on Monday morning, head man Mike Leach took it down a notch and had his players go through plenty of special teams drills.

There was also plenty of work for the 1s on offense and 1s on defense lined up against the scout team. Different formations were showcased on both sides of the ball to simulate what the Cougs might see against Auburn on Aug. 31.

The majority of the work for both No. 1 units running against the scout team was at about 75 percent speed. There was no 7-on-7 or team session work on Sunday.

OVER ON DEFENSE, defensive coordinator Mike Breske harped on his players to be active and keep their feet moving. Once the 1st team defense finished a play, they would run off the field and quickly be subbed in by the No. 2 defense. This went on for about a half hour.

High tempo and finishing plays was also a key focus for the Coug D on Saturday and it was clear that passed over to Sunday's session.

Senior CB Damante Horton returned to the field today after being limited the last few days and was a full participant. Horton was put right back with the No. 1 defense and didn't show any signs of rust.

Senior safety Casey Locker also returned to practice today and was a full participant.

ON THE OTHER SIDE of Martin Stadium, the 1s and 2s on offense ran through numerous short routes.

Junior QB Connor Halliday completed a high percentage of his passes and looked to have more zip on his throws. Redshirt freshman QB Austin Apodaca, who ran the second team O, also had good reps and had good timing with his receivers. Neither one of the QBs threw an interception on the night.

Dominique Williams:

TO END THE NIGHT, there was a friendly competition between the OL and DL that was a sight to see. With senior punter Michael Bowlin standing at the 50 yard line and the whole team stretched out all the way down to the end zone, the 10 lineman were put on center stage to try their luck at catching the pigskin. Each respective line had five players go out for the drill.

Senior nose tackle Ioane Gauta looked to be struggling with the ball in the lights, but he managed to pull in the first punt of the entertaining drill.

Next, senior OL John Fullington darted to his right to catch the punt, but came up short. The next catch from the defense came from senior DL Matthew Bock, as he set himself up under the ball and made a fairly decent catch.

Rico Forbes may be an anchor on the line, but his days catching punts on Saturdays won't be coming anytime soon.

The 6-6, 300-pounder could not locate the ball under the bright lights and nearly met the turf as he moved from side-to-side trying to make the grab.

Sophomore DE Xavier Cooper and OL Cole Madison missed their chance to make catches as well.

The friendly competition ended with many laughs and a roar of excitement from the defense when Madison dropped the final punt, securing the victory for the d-line.

Logan Mayes:

Running with the 1s

Offense: QB– Connor Halliday
RBTeondray Caldwell and Marcus Mason
LTGunnar Eklund
LGJoe Dahl
CElliott Bosch
RG- John Fullington
RT- Rico Forbes

DE Toni Pole
NT Ioane Gauta
DE Xavier Cooper
BUCKDestiny Vaeao
WILJustin Sagote
MIKE- Darryl Monroe
SAMEric Oertel
CBNolan Washington
CBDamante Horton
SDeone Bucannon
SAnthony Carpenter

S Paris Taylor
WR Tyler Baker

Not in attendance
OL Matt Meyer
LB Chester Su'a
S Darius Lemora
DL Paulo Lepua
LB Austin Rapp
OL Jacob Seydel
S Bennett Bontemps

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