Friday practice a highlight reel

PULLMAN – After a day of practice to shake off the rust of a bye week, Washington State looked on-point in Friday's session. Impressive plays were made on both sides of the ball, and some of the starters who missed the previous day's session looked at least one step closer to a full return. Chris Jordan and Eric Frampton were among those adding to the highlight reels while cornerback Ryan Kensok found himself running with the second team Friday due to an injury to Don Turner.

Standout plays were made all over the field Friday.

During a quarterback-receiver goal line drill, Greg Prator made a toe-tapping catch in the back of the end zone after twice tipping the ball to himself with one hand. But he was one-upped later on by Chris Jordan.

In one-on-ones, Jordan beat cornerback Alex Teems down the left sideline and caught Gary Rogers' bomb in stride with one hand.

On defense, Eric Frampton looked particularly sharp, coming close to several interceptions and showing great anticipation.

On one play, Frampton was in one-on-one coverage with Michael Bumpus, made an early jump on Bumpus' quick slant route, and knocked down Josh Swogger 's pass.

During the 11-on-11 scrimmage, Bursey scored on an interception that fell into his lap after Brandon Gibson allowed a pass to bounce off his chest.

A PAIR OF individual battles garnered attention during practice.

Cornerback Omowale Dada and receiver Greg Prator had been engaging in some good-natured trash-talk through most of the day. When their one-on-one matchup finally came, Dada engaged the bigger receiver in a strong bump off the line. Prator recovered, ran a fly route and caught the pass, although Dada wasn't given much support from teammates, who neglected to yell that the ball was in the air.

On the line, offensive tackle Charles Harris and defensive end Mkristo Bruce went at in individual blocking drills. On one play, Harris drew cheers when he rode Bruce into the ground as the speedy end tried to slip past. On the next play, Bruce bull-rushed Harris and knocked the 300-pounder flat on his back.

NONE OF THE STARTERS who missed Thursday's practice were in pads Friday.

Receiver Jason Hill (dental surgery) was back on the field, but did not suit up. Linebacker Scott Davis (sprained foot) was free to walk around without the cast he wore the previous day, and defensive end Adam Braidwood (elbow sprain) appeared on the field without the ice pack he wore Thursday. Coach Bill Doba said he expects all three back by Monday.

NOTES:
  • The team also released updates to its injury list, which has added some names. Defensive end Adam West is out indefinitely with a concussion suffered two weeks ago against Nevada. Casualties of last week's Grambling game included receiver Benny Ward (left knee bursitis) and cornerback Don Turner (right hamstring strain). More will be known next week on the availability of Ward and Turner for Oregon State.


  • Turner, WSU's No. 3 cornerback, has been replaced on the second unit by Ryan Kensok. Joining Kensok in the second-unit defensive backfield are safeties DeWayne Patterson and Christian Bass, and cornerback Lorenzo Bursey.


  • With ends Braidwood and West out of the lineup, Matt Mullennix has moved up to first-unit defense, and Paul Stevens has jumped to the second-string. Joining Stevens on the backup D-line are tackles Odell Howard and Bryan Olson, and end Mike Graise.



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