PRACTICE: WSU offense regroups, Davey shines

PULLMAN—The Cougs shook off the bad juju of Tuesday's session, looking crisp on the offensive end during today's practice. Meanwhile on special teams, the coverage units got things going. Plus, linebackers coach Ken Wilson provided insights on who has impressed him on the scout team and gives some thoughts on Idaho's offense.

The run-heavy offense of the Vandals is something the Cougar defense prepped for today against the scout team. Last week against Northern Illinois, the Vandals ran the ball 62 times for 191 yards. CF.C asked Wilson if the Cougs can expect the same thing this week.

"They kind of change each game depending on the defense they are playing," Wilson said. "We kind of play a multiple defense, so we play just about every defense they have seen. We are preparing for a bunch of stuff right now."

Like defensive line coach Joe Salave'a noted yesterday, the main goal of the defensive front is to stop the run. Wednesday's practice was no different.

The defensive ends kept solid containment of the run on the outside along with the help of the outside linebackers. In turn, this made it easier for sophomore LB Darryl Monroe to flourish and shoot the gaps and stuff freshman running backs Gerard Wicks and Jamal Morrow on multiple plays.

DURING SPECIAL TEAMS WORK the Cougs had two punt blocks. With linebackers often the heart and soul of special teams, CF.C asked Wilson if he has had a chance to give scout team players extra looks, starting with Feddie Davey, who had a good practice on Wednesday.

"Mostly now the guys that we are counting on are down with us," Wilson said. "There are a few guys like Feddie. I don't think Ivan (McLennan) will be up. He has got a redshirt year, but Feddie certainly. We are still looking at Daniel Ekuale too. There are some guys down there that still get some reps here and there. That's why we have Thursday night football, so we can take a good look at those guys."

IT STILL REMAINS up in the air if freshman Peyton Pelluer will have his redshirt taken away this season. Pelluer continues to solidify the No. 3 MIK LB spot, but with strong play from Monroe and senior MIK LB Jared Byers, it might be difficult for Pelluer to get into a game.

"We are preparing," Wilson said when asked if he envisioned Pelluer playing this season. "Jared Byers played really well the other night. Darryl is playing well. I don't know the future situation, but he is certainly ready to play if we need him."

One experiment CF.C mentioned to Wilson was the shift of sophomore S Paris Taylor to SAM LB. He had been receiving minimal reps last week at SAM, but has yet to take any this week.

"He's still playing SAM and we are just getting him more reps," Wilson said when asked if the experiment was over with. "He wasn't getting enough reps in live, fast football for us to get a true look at him. So, we moved him down to scouts where he can get 50 to 60 reps a day instead of ten or 12 and we are watching him closely on that stuff."

CF.C then asked if this was a redshirt year for Taylor.

"Right now, but shoot we have got a lot of football left to play, so I can't say that right now," Wilson replied.

OVER ON OFFENSE, the group bounced back on Wednesday after having a day to forget on Tuesday, which featured several drops from the wide receivers.

While running against the scouts, QB Connor Halliday had his normal 20 reps in the 11-on-11 session, while redshirt freshman QB Austin Apodaca had his ten. Halliday completed 17 of his 20 attempts and finished with one TD pass to sophomore Wide receiver Dominique Williams that equaled about 15 yards.

Apodaca only missed one of his targets and also completed a TD pass to WR Vince Mayle. The 6-3, 240-pound Mayle has size and speed, which had many believing he would contend for a starting job. Until last Saturday's touchdown pass, Mayle had been virtually absent from the air raid offense.

At practice today, he looked to have good chemistry with both Halliday and Apodaca during the team session. CF.C asked Leach if he likes what he has seen lately from the JUCO transfer.

"He did good," Leach said. "(He) had a good reception and ran through some people before his touchdown. Yeah, he is steadily getting better."

Running with the 1s: QB- Connor Halliday
RB- Marcus Mason
X Receiver- Dominique Williams
H Receiver- Rickey Galvin
Y Receiver- River Cracraft
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- Nolan Washington
CB – Damante Horton
S – Deone Bucannon
S – Taylor Taliulu

Limited Players:
OL Jacob Seydel
S Darius Lemora
OL Denzell Dotson
WR Brett Bartolone
LB Chester Su'a

Not in attendance:
S Bennett Bontemps
LS Ryan Saparto

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