Quick Thursday AM workout as flight awaits

PULLMAN – This was anything but a normal Thursday practice, starting with the fact that Washington State players were out of bed before sunrise to make the 7 a.m. first whistle. It was a short, crisp workout without the usual Thursday Night Football, as the team hustled from the practice field to board a plane for a flight to New Jersey.

Luke Falk took another step toward resuming duties as the Cougars' starting quarterback, as he was a full participant in all drills. Falk had some nice throws throughout practice and continued to take what the defense gave him instead of forcing throws.

The Cougars took the field with helmets, but no pads. The offense took on the scout defense in some 7-on-7, and the defense set up against a reduced scout offense to work on gap assignments. Following that, the two sides came together to work on special teams.

The Cougars worked on field goal blocks, punting against scout return, punt returns against punt scouts, kickoff scouts facing the return team, and finally kickoff facing return scouts. During the special teams work, the quarterbacks stayed loose with some light throwing.

The Cougars also took time to have the quarterbacks work with the receivers in different route running and scramble drills. The team spent the final 45 minutes of practice working on 11-on-11 drills, pitting the offense against the scout D and the defense against the scout O. Darrien Molton (pictured above) was able to get a turnover during the 11-on-11. The defense was quick to the ball and really aggressive throughout the morning. The team pumped in some crowd noise to give the offense some work on their signals instead of yelling out commands.

Notable notes 

  • Even though the Cougars were coming off a historic loss to Portland State, practices didn't change all that much in terms of intensity. The team has moved on to Rutgers and is ready to take on the new foe. The players look more focused and aren’t trying to "do too much," as coach Mike Leach says, “they’re trying to do their job.” The team has been business as usual all week, including Thursday. Coaches have appeared to be a little more intense that before Portland State, but you'd expect that after any loss.
  • Suli HameedAmosa SakariaT.J. FehokoC.J. DimryMack Hopkins and Michael Cole were limited in Thursday's practice.
  • The team is expected to go through a normal walk through on Friday before their game against Rutgers on Saturday (12:30 PT, ESPNU).


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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