A quick trip indoors for Cougs

PULLMAN -- Due to the smoke rolling through the Palouse from the wildfires burning around the state, Washington State moved Sunday night’s practice to the IPF to protect the players from the harmful air.

The media was only allowed to stay and watch for 15 minutes of the session that lasted about an hour (it wasn’t going to be a lengthy practice regardless, with a Sunday night starting time of 8 p.m.)

The difference for me was only being able to watch 15 minutes. Not a lot took place in that time.

The Cougar special teams worked on a few new drills to expand the team's abilities in football's third phase.

While that was going on the offensive line worked on some drills involving correct hand placement.

Finally, the quarterbacks were warming up just before we had to leave.

The season opener is Sept. 5 but the Cougs started their normal season routine with Sunday's practice. (On Saturday, quarterback Luke Falk told us that the team will go through a mock travel week).

The Cougs have Monday off before returning to practice on Tuesday. Let’s hope the wildfires, which are causing smoky conditions in Seattle and all around the west side of the state as well, have diminished a little by then.

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