WSU's fall camp kicks off Aug. 6 in Lewiston

IT'S OFFICIAL. Washington State's 2016 fall camp kicks off Aug. 6 in Lewiston at Sacajawea Junior High, WSU sports information director Bill Stevens said on Monday.

Washington State, as has become the custom under Mike Leach, will open camp in Lewiston. The Cougs will practice at Sacajawea through Aug. 14 (an estimated nine sessions) before returning to Pullman to continue fall ball.

If last year's schedule is any guide, WSU would be expected to take Monday off (Aug. 15) and then hold its first Pullman practice on Tuesday, Aug. 16.

A full fall camp practice schedule with times will be released the week prior to camp starting, Stevens said.

The season-opener vs. Eastern Washington in Martin Stadium is slated for Sept. 3 at 5 p.m. (Pac-12 Networks).

In Lewiston, the Cougars will go helmets-only the first two days of fall camp before adding shoulder pads on Day Three (as per NCAA rules).

The Cougs can don full pads for the first time on Day Five of fall camp.

Washington State first traveled to Lewiston for the start of fall camp in 2013, a move necessitated by the final stages of construction of the Cougar Football Complex (with only about half of Rogers Field available for use until mid-August). The bonding experience and lack of distractions at Sacajawea led Leach to make Lewiston an annual pilgrimage for the start of fall camp. 

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