Sunday night mystery: Where was Cougar D?

PULLMAN – Washington State ran through a very short practice, even by Sunday night standards, and it was most notable for who wasn't in attendance. Indeed, the Washington State defense was nowhere to be seen.

Neither were any of the WSU assistant coaches -- on defense or offense.

Only the Cougar offense and Mike Leach were on hand for Sunday's session as the Cougs entered their bye week.

Leach gathered the offense and gave a quick speech before practice started but we were too far away to hear.

Leach did not make himself available to media afterwards, so we can't tell you if the defense was off somewhere on their own, working on things under defensive coordinator Alex Grinch and/or if the offensive assistant coaches had the night off.

Meanwhile, the second team offensive line simulated a d-line as Luke Falk led the first team offense down the field and back. Peyton Bender took over with the second team o-line moving back on offense, with the first team o-line becoming d-linemen, and the Cougar QB had his turn running the offense up and down the field.

There were no drops -- as one would hope with no defenders -- but still some nice grabs were had out on the turf.

The Cougars only practiced for 30 minutes in helmets and shorts. The next WSU practice is scheduled for Wednesday.

The Cougars open Pac-12 play against Cal on October 3.

Offensive 1s
QB: Luke Falk
RB: Gerard Wicks / Keith Harrington / Jamal Morrow
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

Offensive 2s
QB: Peyton Bender
RB: Gerard Wicks / Keith Harrington / Jamal Morrow
LT: Andre Dillard
LG: Cody O’Connell
C: Sam Flor
RG: B.J. Salmonson
RT: Jacob Seydel
X: Kyrin Priester
Y: John Thompson
Z: Tavares Martin Jr.
H: Tyler Baker


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