Thursday Night Football: WSU frosh runs wild

PULLMAN — Perhaps the greatest compliment a player can receive is a coach saying the opponent must game plan against him. That discussion leads to Keith Harrington (pictured above). Linebackers coach Ken Wilson said the best way to contain Harrington is to send multiple players and try to bottle him up. Harrington showed in exacting detail why he draws such a crowd during Thursday Night Football.

“That was good,” offensive line coach Clay McGuire said. “He made some big plays today. He’s definitely a difference-maker when you’re not one-dimensional. You can go out there and run screens and runs and be able to be effective. It takes a lot off the pass rush.”

Harrington has caught the ball well out of the backfield, McGuire said, but that isn’t where he will hurt you most. Instead, Harrington’s quickness in the open field has begun to set him apart. On two big runs, Harrington made defenders look silly, juking them to gain more yards upfield, and drawing praise from Jeremiah Allison on the sideline.

“If not the best guy, he’s one of the best guys we have in space right now and he’s able to get out there and make some plays,” McGuire said of Harrington. “If you just get him a crease, you’ve got a chance. He’s just one of those type of kids that has that kind of ability.”

The offense had a relatively good day, according to Wilson, as the defense was exposed on Harrington’s runs and Peyton Bender completed several passes. He would have completed more if it weren’t for drops by Daniel Lilienthal and Barry Ware. The latter dropped a ball that was contested highly by Colton Teglovic in the end zone, but it appeared that Ware got his hands on the ball over Teglovic before letting it fall out of his grip.

The defense did have a couple of big plays on Thursday night, though. David Bucannon jumped high in the air to intercept a deep throw from Bender and Chandler Leniu made a pick-six on a pass from Connor Ennis.

“He’s getting in shape,” Wilson said of Leniu. “He’s playing his way into shape, and he’s doing a good job using his hands, learning the defense, playing harder all the time as he gets in condition. He’s going to be a force if he keeps working.”

Another potential force on the defensive side of the ball resides in the 5-foot-10, 181-pound frame of Sebastian LaRue. Wilson said he’s a tough player who relishes any chance to compete.

“I think Sebastian will be a heck of a defensive player,” Wilson said. “Sebastian can do a lot of things. He dabbles in kick returns, punt returns, one day he does individual work with the running backs, one day he goes out and messes around with the wide receivers. He’s a multi-talented guy, but we think he’s got a real bright future somewhere in the secondary.”

That clears up why LaRue was practicing with the receivers for the last couple of days. He’s just a Sebastian-of-all-trades for the Cougars right now.

NOTABLE NOTES
  • Dylan Hanser, Cole Madison, Sulaiman Hameed, Brett Bartolone, Nick Begg and Nate DeRider were limited on Thursday in practice.

    Primarily taking reps with the 1s
    OFFENSE
    QB: Luke Falk
    RB: Jamal Morrow
    X: Vince Mayle
    Y: River Cracraft
    H: Rickey Galvin
    Z: Isiah Myers
    LT: Joe Dahl
    LG: Gunnar Eklund
    C: Riley Sorenson
    RG: Eduardo Middleton
    RT: Jacob Seydel

    DEFENSE
    E: Darryl Paulo
    NT: Destiny Vaeao
    T: Xavier Cooper
    BUCK: Kache Palacio
    WILL: Jeremiah Allison
    SAM: Cyrus Coen
    MIKE: Darryl Monroe
    CB: Patrick Porter
    CB: Charleston White
    FS: Darius Lemora
    SS: Taylor Taliulu

    Primarily taking reps with the 2s
    OFFENSE
    QB: Peyton Bender
    RB: Marcus Mason
    X: Dom Williams
    Y: Tyler Baker
    H: Robert Lewis
    Z: Drew Loftus
    LT: Devonte McClain
    LG: Cody O’Connell
    C: Sam Flor
    RG: Moritz Christ
    RT: B.J. Salmonson

    DEFENSE
    E: Lyman Faoliu
    NT: Robert Barber
    T: Daniel Ekuale
    BUCK: Ivan McLennan
    WILL: Tana Pritchard
    SAM: Mitchell Peterson
    MIKE: Peyton Pelluer
    CB: Daquawn Brown
    CB: Marcellus Pippins
    FS: Beau Glover
    SS: David Bucannon

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