Day 1: Coug D in a takeaway mood

LEWISTON -- Washington State's defense, bent on improving its lack of takeaways in 2014, got off to a strong start on the opening day of preseason camp Saturday at Sacajawea Middle School.

The Cougar defense had at least four interceptions during the two-plus hour first day of drills. Quarterback Peyton Bender was intercepted three times, by freshman cornerback Darrien Molton, third-year safety Darius Lamora and fourth-year defensive back Willie Roach.

Second-year linebacker Taylor Carroll had a theft of quarterback Luke Falk early during Saturday's drills.

The day wasn't a total bust for the quarterbacks, though, as reporter Matthew Zimmer said Falk, Bender, Christian Jorgenson and Matt Jimison all seemed in sync with their receivers during various drills.

One particular standout catch came from Gabe Marks, who pulled in a long pass from Falk after the throw appeared to be out of reach.


As for special teams, Zimmer said freshman kicker Brett Schafer showed a lot of confidence on his kicks. From the overall group, though, there were more missed field goal kicks than you'd want to see.

Two players who left the field during drills were JC wide receiver C.J. Dimry and senior defensive linemen Destiny Vaeao. Dimry didn't return, while Vaeao went to the sideline to do some stretching.

CF.C correspondent Howie Stalwick looked for but did not see freshman defensive end T.J. Fehoko at practice. Also absent was tackle Thomas Toki. For more on Toki, click here to visit the CF.C Luxury Suites.

Check back at this evening for complete wrap-ups and video of preseason camp. We'll have stories and videos from our boots on the ground, Zimmer and Stalwick, plus many visuals from photographer extraordinaire Rod Commons.

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