3 takeaways: Day Seven of Washington State fall camp

LEWISTON - WSU quarterbacks had passes soaring like the summer heat today. The team brought good energy to the Friday practice session that ended on a high note for one unit.

Once again it was the Cougar defense getting the better of things by the end of team period. They managed to eke out a 25-24 advantage for the day.

With players settling into the routine of practice, both offense and defense continue to make good progress in preparation for the season opener on Sept. 3 vs Eastern Washington.

Here's a sample of the highlights I saw on the field at Sacajawea Junior High this afternoon;

1.     QB’s are paving the way

-       Luke Falk (pictured above) and Tyler Hilinski both looked outstanding today. Whether it's Falk or Hilinski with the keys to running the Air Raid, each has a very comfortable feel for the offense. And that really showed Friday as they went through their reads and completed passes with ease. There wasn’t a single interception thrown and both Falk and Hilinski were moving the yardsticks. If Hilinski gets some playing time this year, he's offering early fall camp evidence he can keep the offense turning.

2.     Luani saves the day

-       “Double or nothing,” Mike Leach yelled out as the team period came to an end. The score had the offense and defense tied up. Leach called for one more play to decide decide who took home the win. Senior safety Shalom Luani came up big as he made a diving break up of a pass in the end zone. Luani made a lot of big plays in clutch moments last season (sealing the double OT win over Oregon for example) and did it again today in practice.

3.     Sweet making sweet catches

-      Kyle Sweet had the best day out of the receiving group today in my book. He had a ton of throws going his way and made some highlight reel catches. His best play came on a throw by Falk that had Sweet laying out to make the catch. After the play, inside receivers coach JaMarcus Shephard had a big smile on his face and said, “looks like a young coach Shepard right there." It was a great day for the second-year sophomore receiver. He’s had a really good camp so far from my chair, and looks to be a guy who could contribute a lot in 2016.

Check back later this evening for our full report on Day Seven fall camp action.

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