WSU practice has a regular-season feel

PULLMAN -- The dog days of preseason camp began to turn a corner Tuesday, as Washington State returned to Rogers Field to work on acclimating to its regular-season practice schedule. With school now in session, Tuesday was also the first day walk-ons were eligible to participate at practice.

There were several highlights from practice before the team session (11v11).

Gabe Marks continues to impress with his route running, speed and his hands.

Tavares Martin Jr. (pictured above) had a diving catch in the end zone that you had to see to believe.

Peyton Pelluer had an interception in the middle of skeleton.

The Cougars also worked on adding more into their special teams work. There was some kicking work at the outset of practice, and Erik Powell showed plenty of power and accuracy.

The focus of the main special team drills today was kickoffs. The drills included running kickoff coverage, kickoff returning and full kickoff drill pitting the coverage team against the return team.

“The different phases of each special teams element is doing well,” ST coach Eric Mele said. “Today was a good way to see each piece of kickoff individually and then altogether as well.”

The team session only showed a handful of plays pitting the first team offense against the first team defense. Then the scout team defense took on the offense and the scout team offense took on the defense.

Gerard Wicks showed speed and vision on a big 15-yard run. Daniel Lilienthal had a nice catch in traffic.

Martin Jr. did a nice job getting away from the coverage and finding open space for a big gain.

Finally, Luke Falk hit Marks on a deep pass that the receiver made a great adjustment on, contorting his body to make the reception.

NOTABLE NOTES
  • Charleston White, Daniel Ekuale, and Keith Harrington returned to full practice.

  • Suli Hameed, Connor Ennis, Julius Yates-Brown, Mitchell Cox and Erik Anderson made their first appearance at Cougar practice.

  • I didn't see him but the Spokesman-Review reported Treshon Broughton was at practice watching from the sidelines. CF.C had this nugget on Broughton from two days ago that he was flying in, with a JUCO source telling CF.C he expected to be cleared by the end of the week.
  • Tuesday's practice also included the first look at a half-dozen walk ons now that school has started and the WSU roster can expand beyong the initial 85. The newly added names on the roster are WRs Killian Page and Kainoa Wilson, DB Markus Stoll, OL Caleb Hancock and Chris Pax, and DL Austin Brown.

  • C.J. Dimry, Logan Tago, Tyler Baker and Amosa Sakaria were limited in some way or another Tuesday. Baker participated in most drills while wearing a penny.

    Offensive 1s
    QB: Luke Falk
    RB: Gerard Wicks
    LT: Joe Dahl
    LG: Gunnar Eklund
    C: Riley Sorenson
    RG: Eduardo Middleton
    RT: Cole Madison
    X: Dom Williams
    Y: River Cracraft
    Z: Gabe Marks
    H: Robert Lewis

    Defensive 1s
    DE: Darryl Paulo
    NT: Robert Barber
    DT: Destiny Vaeao
    Rush LB: Ivan McLennan
    WIL LB: Jeremiah Allison
    MIKE LB: Peyton Pelluer
    NICKEL CB: Isaac Dotson
    CB: Darrien Molton
    CB: Charleston White
    FS: Taylor Taliulu
    SS: Shalom Luani


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