One belonged to Derrell Hutsona, who, about half-way through a two-minute drill, ran into a log-jam. Seemingly out of nowhere, he bounced outside and bolted up-field. If not for safety Michael Willis, who managed to track down the fleet-footed transfer from Grossmont College after a gain of about 20 yards, the play surely would have gone to the house.
Earlier in the session during basic line drills, Bell was impressive, finding holes that didn't seem to exist. Despite the impressive play of his fellow RBs, however, DeMaundray Woolridge reminded everyone why he's listed as the starter, turning on the jets and bulling his way through several defenders and capturing some nice gains for the offense.
The true sophomore, listed at 5-9, 229 pounds, is indeed all of that. Fearless, Woolridge showed off his sheer strength on another run, coming out on top in a ferocious collision with equally imposing linebacker Greg Trent (5-11, 219) Although the run "only" went for about 5 yards, it well illustrated the back's comparison to a moving train.
Dwight Tardy, Kevin McCall have each looked sharp this fall with their vision and ability to find holes, and Thursday was no exception. Hutsona can also be placed in that category of having 'Harrison-like eyes'. Rookies Chris Ivory and Skylar Jessen also acquitted themselves well on the day.
Up front, the offensive and defensive lines went back and forth all day long, each grabbing the upper hand at times, with the offensive line in particular showing off their road grader abilities. While the majority of the day featured the running game, and the backup QBs got plenty of reps, starter Alex Brink continued his impressive fall camp when behind center.
Brink and WR Jason Hill hooked up on several impressive completions throughout the day. Michael Bumpus is also having a solid camp -- everything he's gotten his hands on, he's caught, including a low toss Thursday he scooped up before niftily regaining his feet and continuing on for more yardage.
Gary Rogers continued to look comfortable in the pocket Thursday, as he has most of camp. And the battle for the No. 3 spot between Arkelon Hall and Cole Morgan continues. Overall, however, and despite Brink's contributions, what there was of the air war Thursday looked to ultimately belong to the defense.
The secondary played with a lot of cohesiveness -- their first big play coming courtesy of Eric Frampton, the senior picking off a Hall bullet early-on in 11-on-11 drills.
Another highlight for the DBs came when a bobbled pass ended up a hot potato in a pack of three defenders before junior safety Husain Abdullah finally secured the purchase for the second INT of the drills.
What the Cougar offense didn't get done through the air, however, it handled on the ground. There were plenty of quality carries by the group and, if Thursday's practice was any indication, effectively dispelled any rumors that the Washington State offense could be a one-trick-pony this fall.
As released by Washington State late Thursday
Out Indefinitely: Luke Fowler (shoulder), Grady Maxwell (knee cartilage tear), Jason Stripling (shoulder surgery recovery), Greg Walker (thumb fracture).
No Practice: Tyron Brackenridge (hamstring strain), Preston Brooks (hamstring strain), Markus Dawes (muscle strains), Cory Evans (groin strain), Anthony Houston (groin strain), Kerry Maddox (heel bruise).