Fall Camp Day 15: Ivory makes moves, D gels

PULLMAN -- Two weeks and three scrimmages into fall camp, the battle-weary Cougars held an abbreviated practice Sunday evening, but it offered more than enough time for true freshman running back Chris Ivory to put a nice exclamation mark on what was a very solid week for the Longview, Texas, product.

In 11-on-11 drills, Ivory took advantage of a nice hole and dashed 15-plus yards before turning on a dime and then cutting for an extra five yards. The 5-11, 213-pound load has looked confident and capable all camp – to the point that running backs coach Kelly Skipper earlier in the week tabbed Ivory his most pleasant surprise of fall camp.

Right now, the Cougars appear well set at running back, with DeMaundray Woolridge, Dwight Tardy, Derrell Hutsona and Kevin McCall setting the pace.

"He's still learning the plays … but he has a ton of potential," Skipper said of Ivory. In Saturday's scrimmage, Ivory carried just two times but racked up 10 yards.

The pass of the night also belonged to youngsters, as quarterback Cole Morgan, a second-year freshman, found sophomore receiver Benny Ward on a nifty 40-yard aerial.

Meanwhile, on defense, the Cougars continued the stellar work they turned in Saturday in the third scrimmage of camp.

"We are coming together as one," sophomore linebacker Cory Evans said following the Sunday session. "Everyone has an individual job to do, and we're getting those jobs done."

Veteran leadership is clearly one of the D's strengths. Sunday was a case in point. Elder statesmen, including linemen Aaron Johnson and Mkristo Bruce, and cornerback Don Turner could be heard offering insights to JC transfers and true freshmen.

Although a number of players sat out the practice, including Bruce, CB Brian Williams, SS Michael Willis, WR Jason Hill, and RB Derrell Hutsona, the team welcomed back two important players on both sides of the ball, as corner Tyron Brackenridge (hamstring) ran with the D, and receiver Chris Jordan (shoulder) donned a yellow-no contact jersey and hit the turf for the offense.

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