Cougar Football: 3 takeaways from Day Eight of WSU fall camp

LEWISTON - Saturday's practice was shorter than usual as the Cougs get ready to scrimmage tomorrow, their last day of camp in Lewiston. Both sides of the ball featured intense focus as players fine tuned their skills.

The WSU defense continued their solid play that has been a hallmark throughout camp. As well as the Cougar D played, the offense showed today why they were the leading passing attack in the nation last year.

Short practice or not, I've got some highlights to share:

1.      Johnson is becoming a big time play maker

-      Isaiah Johnson (pictured above) made two clutch touchdown catches today that really caught my eye. One play put Johnson on a vertical route over sophomore corner Darrien Molton. Backup quarterback Tyler Hilinski threw the ball deep forcing Johnson to flip his head around to locate the ball. He made a tough adjustment to put himself in the perfect position allowing the ball to land right in his hands for a score. Johnson has really shown his athleticism this fall and seems to have the full package of skills at receiver.

2.     Falk and Hilinski have another perfect day

-       Following a good session of work by the Washington State starter, Luke Falk capped the day off with back-to-back touchdown throws to Isaiah Johnson and Robert Lewis. Both Falk and Hilinski didn’t have a single interception on the day. If I were to take a look at the stats of both quarterbacks throughout camp, I’d see a very high completion percentage with a phenomenal ratio of touchdowns versus interceptions. Hilinski has had a terrific fall camp and looks ready to play.

3.     Inside receivers continue to be the most consistent position group

-       Watching the guys who line up at inside receiver, they are virtually interchangeable. There has really been little or no drop off between John Thompson, Lewis, River Cracraft and Kyle Sweet when they rotate in and out of the lineup. These guys have been solid from Day One. Each one knows the playbook, has sure hands and has the skills to make big plays when they get the opportunity.

Check back later this evening for our full report on Day Eight of WSU fall camp.

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