PRACTICE: Marks returns, Cougs begin game prep for Miami

HE’S BAAAACK. Wide receiver Gabe Marks was out on the turf for the first time in a bowl game practice on Thursday night. Washington State on Thursday also began its game plan installation for Miami with the Sun Bowl nine days away. The session, held inside the indoor practice facility with snow falling on the Palouse, went a little over two hours.

KLEW-TV during practice on their twitter account had this to say about Marks:

Some additional practice notes:

--Players wore shoulder pads and helmets. At less than full pads indoors, there was no full contact but there were still some pretty good pops echoing around the IPF, particularly during special teams work.

--On offense, QB Luke Falk and RB Jamal Morrow both looked sharp, with Falk and the offense moving the chains smartly in down and distance situations.

--This was the first bowl practice that looked like a normal regular season session. While previous bowl practices focused primarily on extended versions of Thursday Night Football and the the youth, Thursday’s practice was focused on the 1s and 2s and the first stuff Miami.

--In other words, it was a typical Washington State midweek game prep practice -- with WRs going against DBs in one-on-ones while linemen went through their drills. There was skelly work with the 1s going against the scout team units, and the Cougs finished up with 11-on-11 with the 1s/2s  vs. their first- and second-team counterparts.

--The 11-on-11, or the “team” session, centered mostly around down-and distance situations (mostly third-down work).

--The energy level was high.

--On special teams kickoffs and kickoff return, there were some good hits as mentioned earlier.  Frankie Luvu and Hunter Dale were among those dishing them out.

--During the D’s typical run drills session, there were some pretty good hits being dished out on the scout team offense. (Again, not full pads so there was no tackling to the ground).

--The Cougs finish up finals week on Friday and will practice again on Friday night.

Here's WSU's clip on Thursday's practice: CLICK HERE

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