Cougs: DB machinations; DL gets physical

PULLMAN— How versatile is Washington State cornerback Daquawn Brown? Based on what defensive coordinator Mike Breske had to say after Monday night's session, we might find out Friday night at Stanford (ESPN, 6 p.m.) Meanwhile, a Cougar receiver who has missed the last four games was back out on the gridiron.

Brown received reps at both his native cornerback position and at safety in Monday night's practice, which Breske said was because he wants to have some flexibility options on the back end.

Starter Sulaiman Hameed wore a yellow jersey but participated during the team periods with the first-team defense on Monday after missing the game against California.

One-time starting safety Taylor Taliulu filled in for Hameed as the starter. Taliulu recorded a team-high 12 total tackles, and Breske said that although there are some things the veteran needs to work on, he was happy with the his effort and attitude.

Meanwhile, one Williams returned Monday while another Williams was on the sidelines. Wideout Kristoff Williams returned to the field in an elongated practice on Monday that effectively combined Sunday and Tuesday’s weekly sessions to compensate for a short week heading into the game against Stanford. Meanwhile, WR Dom Williams was limited.

Dom Williams has 24 receptions for 496 yards and six touchdown catches this season. Kristoff Williams has played in only two games this season, recording two receptions for 36 yards. He was listed beneath Isiah Myers on the depth chart against Stanford.

Breske said the California game was a tale of two halves, with an efficient first half and breakdowns in the second half that led to too many quick scores by the Golden Bears. He said the defense just needed to make one more stop than they did because the Cougars’ offense was on fire.

“It’d be much easier if we had the first half all over again, but you just keep battling,” Breske said.

“Momentum was back and forth with that type of game, but coming down to who had the ball last, we had the ball last and we didn’t finish.”

Stanford brings a different style of attack with the Cardinal running the ball by committee. They have three players who have over 150 net rushing yards, but quarterback Kevin Hogan leads the team with three rushing touchdowns. Breske said each running back is talented but brings something different to the field in terms of size and athleticism.

The defensive line on Monday looked up to the challenge of stopping a team that Breske said “hangs its hat on physicality.”

“As a unit, but more importantly as an individual, you’ve got to be more physical than the guy you’re going against, and that’s a big challenge,” Breske said.

Squally Canada and Keith Harrington each were stopped on multiple runs by the No. 1 defensive line in the evening session.

Only when Jamal Morrow and the starting offensive line -- going against the scout defensive line -- did the offense find a measure of success. Sure, there were a couple of positive runs by Canada and Harrington, but for the most part the defense, led by the d-line, looked stout from what I observed.

The cornerbacks were beaten on a couple of passes by the scout team and Breske said that reserve Marcellus Pippins had an up and down practice. Breske also said Patrick Porter was good in the 7-on-7 portion but that he'll naturally need game reps needs to really get there. And in order to receive time in the game, Breske said Porter needs to continue having quality practices.

Connor Halliday threw two touchdowns to Vince Mayle -- Mayle got good separation on both receptions.

  • Quentin Breshears took the reps as the first-team kicker during the special teams period, and he kicked field goals from both the left and right hash marks.

  • Chester Sua, Rickey Galvin, Isaac Dotson, Parker Henry, Mack Hopkins, Sherman Hutcherson, Nick Begg, Nate DeRider, and Drew Springfield were limited on Monday.

    Primarily taking reps with the 1’s
    QB: Connor Halliday
    RB: Jamal Morrow, Gerard Wicks
    X: Vince Mayle
    Y: River Cracraft
    H: Calvin Green
    Z: Kristoff Williams
    LT: Joe Dahl
    LG: Gunnar Eklund
    C: Riley Sorenson
    RG: Eduardo Middleton
    RT: Cole Madison

    E: Destiny Vaeao
    NT: Kalafitoni Pole
    T: Xavier Cooper
    BUCK: Kache Palacio
    WILL: Jeremiah Allison
    SAM: Cyrus Coen
    MIKE: Darryl Monroe
    CB: Daquawn Brown
    CB: Charleston White
    FS: Darius Lemora
    SS: Sulaiman Hameed

    Primarily taking reps with the 2’s
    QB: Luke Falk
    RB: Theron West
    X: Drew Loftus
    Y: Tyler Baker
    H: Robert Lewis
    Z: Isiah Myers
    LT: B.J. Salmonson
    LG: Cody O’Connell
    C: Sam Flor
    RG: Jacob Tweten
    RT: Jacob Seydel

    E: Darryl Paulo, Lyman Faoliu
    NT: Robert Barber
    T: Daniel Ekuale
    BUCK: Ivan McLennan, Frankie Luvu
    WILL: Dylan Hanser
    SAM: Paris Taylor, Mitchell Peterson
    MIKE: Peyton Pelluer
    CB: Patrick Porter
    CB: Marcellus Pippins
    FS: Beau Glover
    SS: Taylor Taliulu, Daquawn Brown

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