Breske: All eyes on play action

PULLMAN — With the wind howling through Martin Stadium on Sunday evening, the Cougars practiced their scout-team work on both sides of the ball and went through their special-teams routines. Also, CF.C caught up with defensive coordinator Mike Breske to discuss the Southern Utah win and what they can expect from the University of Idaho on homecoming weekend.

During just an hour-long practice in their typical Sunday attire of shorts, helmets and no shoulder pads, the defense took to the west end zone to brave the wind and start preparing for their cross-border rivals.

"Our eyes have to be really good this week with the play action," Breske said. "Their quarterback (Chad Challich) is a good athlete … makes things happen."

Breske mentioned that the Vandals gave up nine sacks last week against Northern Illinois, which is something he and his defense hope to exploit.

"I think we can open up some cans when you get in that situation," Breske said. "We have got to be real tight in our run fits this week. This is going to be a big game for Idaho and WSU."

With a three-man front, Breske said he knows that it is difficult to have a consistent pass rush.

"The thing you have got to understand is I have been doing a lot of three-man stuff, so we are not going to get great pass rush," he said.

Against USC, he said, "our drop people were not exactly where they need to be. Especially on that first drive, we had two opportunities to get off the field and should have been off the field, but we weren't.

"We didn't execute our job and that's my fault as a coach, and we have got to get that corrected."

Breske was then asked if they got better a week later against Southern Utah.

"Some people, not all of us," he said. "(We) made that point in our unit meeting that some of us are taking a lot of snaps and I'm not seeing that ... getting better. That's accountability, and you will be held accountable."

Breske was then asked which players he believed turned in better performances.

Among them were cornerback Daquawn Brown, who "got better from the week before", linebacker Darryl Monroe, who "played pretty good" and BUCK specialist Kache Palacio who "had a pretty good game for 50-some plays, which he hadn't had."

Sunday evening, Palacio continued to work as the No. 1 BUCK while sophomore Destiny Vaeao was a limited participant.

"We will see how the week goes and make that determination," Breske said of who will start this week. "I have no problem putting Kache in the game."

The offensive team session was extremely short. During its time on the field, heavy winds actually blew the construction crane hovering above the Football Operations Building.

Still, junior Connor Halliday completed 10-15 passes and did not miss any targets when throwing against the scout team. Redshirt freshman Austin Apodaca had 8-10 throws and only missed one target. Neither threw an interception.

Running with the 1s:

QB- Connor Halliday
RB- Marcus Mason
X Receiver- Dominique Williams
H Receiver- River Cracraft
Y Receiver- Brett Bartolone
Z Receiver- Gabe Marks
LT- Gunnar Eklund
LG- Joe Dahl
C- Elliott Bosch
RG- John Fullington
RT- Rico Forbes

DE- Toni Pole
NT- Ioane Gauta
DE- Xavier Cooper
BUCK- Kache Palacio
SAM- Cyrus Coen
MIKE- Darryl Monroe
WILL- Justin Sagote
CB- Daquawn Brown
CB – Damante Horton
S – Deone Bucannon
S – Taylor Taliulu

OL Jacob Seydel
S Darius Lemora
LS Ryan Saparto
BUCK Destiny Vaeao

S Bennett Bontemps
LB Austin Rapp
LB Chester Su'a

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