Breske: Crimson Superman not what Cougs need

PULLMAN — Upon their return to the Palouse, the Cougars did not look like a deflated team that got crushed by No. 5 Stanford just a day earlier. Instead, the group – including starting quarterback Connor Halliday – took the field for a Sunday practice that focused on special teams and fundamentals.

After getting knocked out of the Saturday's 55-17 drubbing at CenturyLink Field, Halliday was a full participant at Martin Stadium, throwing passes with the 1's, along with freshman CB Daquawn Brown.

Brown looked good to go, as well, and even repped with the No. 1 defense at cornerback alongside senior Nolan Washington. Senior cornerback Damante Horton was suited up, but was a limited participant and observed practice from the sideline.

CF.C asked Defensive Coordinator Mike Breske about his decision to put in Brown over Washington in Seattle.

"I just think we had to get Daquawn in," Breske said. "It was his turn to get in. He hadn't been in yet and Daquawn got his reps. Nolan came back in later in the game, so you know those three – Damante, Nolan and Daquawn – is kind of our rotation at the corner position."

After being limited most of last week, sophomore wide receiver Brett Bartolone returned to action as a full participant, too.

Even though the outcome of Saturday's game was not what the Cougars wanted, Breske felt there were positives to take away.

"In the first half, we had some ups and downs," he said. "More explosive pass plays then what we have seen the last few weeks and we were still in at 17-3 at halftime. We came out of the second half, offense went for it on fourth down and we took over on the 39 going in and had a three and out where they had to punt, so it was still 17-3.

"Then the cracks and the dikes started to happen. That's what we have got to work on. We've got to keep competing and playing hard and not try to be Superman out there and do your job."

This week, Washington State's defense will switch from Stanford's smash-mouth offense Stanford to the pass-happy "bear-raid" offense seen at Cal. Against Northwestern and Ohio State, the Golden Bears threw the ball 64 and 54 times, respectively. California currently ranks No. 4 in the nation averaging, 373 passing yards a game.

CF.C asked Breske how they intend to slow down Cal's high-octane offense.

"Well, get rainin'" Breske said jokingly.

Cal's true freshman quarterback, Jared Goff, was yanked in the first quarter of their thrashing against Oregon after throwing just 11 yards.

"He is a very talented freshman," Breske said. "They go from sideline to sideline and are very high-tempo. It will be a fun week of practice and we have got to be basic, high-tempo, be in the right spots, great eyes and tackle well."

Breske was also asked about redshirt junior cornerback Tracy Clark, who was in with the No. 2 defense.

"Just to take a few reps," Breske said. "Just see from that and we will see what happens. I don't know what we will do Tuesday, but we will cross that bridge when we get there."

Notable note
  • Senior punter Mike Bowlin was not wearing his yellow shoes during practice.

    Running with the 1s:
    QB- Connor Halliday
    RB- Marcus Mason
    X Receiver- Dominique Williams
    H Receiver- Brett Bartolone
    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- Destiny Vaeao
    SAM- Cyrus Coen
    MIKE- Darryl Monroe
    WILL- Justin Sagote
    CB- Nolan Washington
    CB – Daquawn Brown
    S – Deone Bucannon
    S – Taylor Taliulu

    LB Chester Su'a
    LB Peyton Pelluer
    S Darius Lemora
    OL Jacob Seydel

    LS Ryan Saparto
    S Bennett Bontemps

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