Fall Camp: Day 17

PULLMAN — Bill Doba was succinct: "There's a lot more to being a quarterback than throwing the football." Making reads and quick decisions is what separates the good ones from the average ones, he said. And Wednesday, Doba was feeling fine because his No. 1 signal caller looked every bit the full meal deal.

Josh Swogger made nearly every throw during the mid-week workout, including a couple of long strikes – one of which was a true thing of beauty. Swogger connected with Jason Hill for TD when Swogger realized the disguise-minded defense was in man coverage and Hill had his defender beat. Hill was back in action after a wrist injury sidelined him on Friday,

Doba said he likes Swogger's demeanor on the field, as well as his short memory when it comes to miscues becoming distractions. That may help explain why teammates voted Swogger a co-captain, making him only the second sophomore in team history accorded the honor. The other was Jason Gesser.

No. 2 quarterback Alex Brink had some nice plays of his own, including a long gainer to true freshman Michael Bumpus. But Brink also threw a pair of interceptions, with Alex Teems and Jeremy Bohannon serving as the masters of theft.

More rain forced a couple players to lose their footing on what made some entertaining plays. During one-on-one passing drills, Brink dropped back and his right foot slid out from under him. Laying on the ground, he got up and fired off a completion. During goal lines drills, running back Chris Bruhn hit the ground hard and slid right into the endzone.

Doba said practices are starting to point toward New Mexico, whom the Cougars kick off the season with on Sept. 3. Friday's practice will be a walk through and the scout team will be running the Lobos' plays and formations. "But I don't want to spend ten days on one team," Doba said, "It gets stale."

On defense, senior tackle Steve Cook said the line is working to be more consistent. He said they're playing 100 percent on some plays and then taking a break on others. Still, the intensity generally has been sky high, he said. "When we're out there hitting, we're hitting hard." He also said 6-8 269-pound freshman Ropati Pitoitua – ticketed for the starting lineup -- is looking good. Moreover, "We push each other to play better." Cook said.

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