Luke Falk limited as Cougs move on from loss

PULLMAN – Washington State returned to the scene of the crime Sunday night to begin their preparations on Week 2 opponent Rutgers. The Cougars looked like business as usual as the team practiced for an hour. Well, it was almost business as usual, with quarterback Peyton Bender filling in with the 1's.

Luke Falk (pictured above) was suited up, but limited, on Sunday.

It didn’t appear the Cougars' starting quarterback on Sunday night was overly affected by the injury suffered at the end of Saturday's game, and the staff may just be giving him the day off -- just as they did last Sunday with Dom Williams. We’ll have to wait and see. The Cougs next practice Tuesday after their customary off day on Monday.

“Obviously frustration, we didn’t perform in any way up to the standard we’re trying to set here by any stretch of the imagination,” DC Alex Grinch said after Sunday night's session. “Everybody's at fault... at times execution was good, other times it was obviously very, very average to poor.”

When the Cougars started work, it appeared as a normal Sunday practice, an hour long and no pads. The players were working on some of the issues that popped up against Portland State.

“It’s always tough when you’re not executing the game plan you set up,” coach Joe Salave’a said. “Whether you’re playing a junior college team or in the NFL, if you don’t execute you’re not going to have a successful outing.”

Special teams worked on protecting the kicker during field goals (after PSU blocked a kick) protecting the punter as well as blocking on kickoffs. The defense worked on their gap assignments in the beginning of practice while the offense worked against the scout defense.

Players and coaches seemed calm and acted very much business as usual -- the team has moved on and was preparing for Rutgers. “You can’t come back and think ‘we could’ve, should’ve, would’ve,’” Salave’a said. “The preparation is not just effort to the ball, but executing individual responsibilities and have the trust in one another that it’ll get done.” The bulk of practice saw offense and defense work against their counterpart’s scout team to start their preparations. At the end of practice, the defense lined up and raced from the goal line to the 40-yard line and back multiple times.

NOTABLE NOTES:
Suli Hameed, Amosa Sakaria and T.J. Fehoko were limited in practice.

Offensive 1s
QB: Peyton Bender
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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