There was plenty of action during practice drills today. The offense made numerous big plays. The defense forced a bunch of turnovers. But it was the stellar play of a highly touted prospect coming out of Florida to play his college ball in Pullman who turned heads. Obviously, he is the first takeaway to highlight.
1. Johnson takes over at Z
Freshman WR Isaiah Johnson could not be covered today. Highlight plays flowed from Johnson like water over Spokane Falls as he consistently made plays throughout the practice. He had the entire team, along with coaching staff, going nuts. Johnson showed outstanding body control and soft hands as he came down with almost every ball thrown his direction. Deep balls, short throws, screens, you name it. It looks as if his early arrival to campus and participation in spring ball has helped acclimate him. Johnson was unstoppable and was the player of the day in my book.
2. Offensive line and run game make strides
I can’t quite explain what made this happen, but the run game was on fire today. Yes, talent at the running back position helps a lot, but these guys didn’t have to do much today with the holes that were opened up by the offensive line. From what I witnessed, most of the running backs were being stopped by defensive backs after they had already breached linebacker depth. Great sign of things to come for the Cougar running game.
3. Hanser getting active on defense
Junior Dylan Hanser (pictured above) was back with the 1’s today and showed why he's squarely in the mix for the starting job at the Rush. Hanser is one of the fastest players on the team, and really showed that speed and athleticism today. He was flying all over the field whether it was getting in the backfield, chasing down screens or batting down passes. You can tell the coaches really like Hanser on the edge as he was again shuffled in and out with some of the other interior D-linemen.
That's it for now. Check back a little later for a complete report on all the action from Day Five of fall camp for Washington State.