All three of the defense's interceptions came against Tyler Bruggman in the 11-on-11 drill, beginning with a pick on the third play of the drill by linebacker Peyton Pelluer, on a ball that hit him right in the chest. On the ensuing play, defensive lineman Darryl Paulo got to Bruggman for a "sack". Two plays later, WILL linebacker Chester Su'a darted into the backfield for another sack on the redshirt freshman quarterback.
"We had some big plays in the team (period)," defensive coordinator Mike Breske said. "You have your scrimmage and you want to finish strong and I thought we did a good job today."
The second interception of the day came from senior cornerback Tracy Clark.
"We were in Cover 2 and I was just sitting," Clark said. "Both receivers did slants and I jumped it and came up with the ball."
Bruggman responded with a touchdown two plays later on a deep ball over the middle to senior receiver Kristoff Williams, who escaped from safety Taylor Taliulu on the play. But as the second team moved down the field the defense resumed its dominance. Sophomore safety David Bucannon jumped a route to force Bruggman's third interception of the day and it probably would have went the other way for a touchdown if he could've outran Teondray Caldwell.
"The defense had a real good day," Clark said. "It was a lot of high energy. We kind of first started out slow in 7-on-7, but we eventually picked it up and team was a great period for us. We just dominated from the beginning to the end."
Bruggman finished the drill 8 of 14 with two touchdowns and the three interceptions. On the final play of the drill he hit Caldwell on swing pass from the goal line and the junior running back walked in for a score.
Connor Halliday went 8 of 14 in the same drill, with one touchdown throw and no interceptions. His score came on broken coverage by the defense that left senior receiver Rickey Galvin wide open on the play.
Three of Halliday's passes were deflected in the period, two of them by sophomore cornerback Daquawn Brown. Clark provided the third pass deflection on a goal-line ball the senior quarterback intended for WR Vince Mayle.
BOTH QUARTERBACKS HAD a much easier time passing in 7-on-7s. Halliday went 14 of 20 with five touchdowns. He hooked up twice with Williams, once with WRs Drew Loftus and River Cracraft, and once to running back to Jamal Morrow, as well.
Bruggman was 13 of 19 in the same drill, throwing goal-line scores on his final two passes to Williams and Robert Lewis, respectively.
Despite that, Breske was pleased with his unit's work.
"We got good work against the offense," Breske said. "It's a good way to finish spring ball with a fast practice."
Of the three springs he's been a part of, Breske said this is best one, citing the player's willingness to buy into coach Mike Leach's philosophies. The standout defensive player for Breske was sophomore safety Beau Glover, who he said is "playing himself into some playing time" heading into summer.
Halliday shared similar feelings about spring camp, which was the fourth of his career.
"Best spring I've ever been a part of here," he said. "The talent is unlike anything I've ever seen here. We've got some guys who can really play some football so it's an exciting time here in Pullman."
As far as individuals go, Halliday said Lewis, Williams and Mayle are a few players who took their games to the next level in the spring.
"I thought he came out really good," Leach said of Lewis. "I thought he had been kind of dormant last year and then as soon as we started throwing it the first day of spring he played well. Then he put together three really good days. I thought he really had a good spring then kind of accelerated on."
In attendance at practice Tuesday was former Texas Tech QB Graham Harrell, who officially joins the staff as an offensive analyst, meaning he'll do everything from working individually with the quarterbacks and providing tips to the receivers, and reviewing and providing film analysis.
"Very knowledgeable, always been a student of the game," Leach said about Harrell. "His dad was a coach so he studied it since he was a child. Of course, he's been to the Super Bowl ... he's got a lot of great experiences I think they can share."
Breske said the coaches get eight hours per week to work with the team in summer, and of those hours, strength and conditioning coach Jason Loscalzo will have the majority. In the hour he gets with the DBs, Breske said he plans on doing 20 minutes of drill work and 40 minutes of film work.
Monroe said it's his responsibility, as well as the other position leaders, to organize workouts and individual practices with their units.
Halliday said the same goes for offense, noting that they will organize their own workouts and throw about three times a week.
RUNNING WITH THE 1s
QB – Connor Halliday
RB – Theron West and Jamal Morrow
X – Vince Mayle
Y – River Cracraft
H – Rickey Galvin
Z – Kristoff Williams
LT – Joe Dahl
LG – Gunnar Eklund
C – Sam Flor
RG – Riley Sorenson
RT – Jacob Seydel
CB – Daquawn Brown and Tracy Clark
S – Taylor Taliulu and Beau Glover
MIKE – Darryl Monroe
WILL – Chester Su'a
BUCK – Kache Palacio
SAM – Cyrus Coen
NT – Toni Pole
T – Xavier Cooper
E – Destiny Vaeao
RUNNING WITH THE 2s
QB – Tyler Bruggman
RB – Teondray Caldwell and Gerard Wicks
X – Daniel Lilienthal
Y – Calvin Green
H – Robert Lewis
Z – Drew Loftus
LT – Devonte McClain
LG – Eduardo Middleton
C – Riley Sorenson
RG – Cody O'Connell
RT – Jacob Seydel
CB – Sebastian LaRue, Marcellus Pippins and Charleston White
S – Darius Lemora and David Bucannon
MIKE – Jeremiah Allison
WILL – Peyton Pelluer
BUCK – Ivan McLennan
SAM – Mitchell Peterson and Paris Taylor
NT – Robert Barber
T – Darryl Paulo and Daniel Ekuale
E – Lyman Faoliu