FALL CAMP Day 6: Morning rundown

PULLMAN -- Heralded true freshman quarterback Jeff Tuel briefly took snaps with the 1's during 7-on-7 drills, but offensive coordinator Todd Sturdy reiterated that the current plan remains for Tuel to redshirt. Kevin Lopina and Jared Karstetter hooked up on a pair of nice gainers, an injury update, a crimson sextet was back returning kicks plus more.

"Tuel is really talented," Kevin Lopina said. "He's raw. He just got out of high school, but he's a really good athlete.

"I think over time, he'll be a really great Cougar quarterback."

WIDE RECEIVER Jared Karstetter made a tough, twisting catch of a Lopina touchdown pass and a nice leaping grab of another Lopina pass.

Junior Jeshua Anderson, WSU's most experienced receiver, again performed well despite missing spring and summer football workouts due to track.

"He's doing really good," Sturdy said. "I'm not surprised. He's a great athlete."

MEANWHILE, SENIORS Tony Thompson and Zach Tatman, and redshirt freshmen Andrei Lintz and Skylar Stormo continue to share time at tight end. When the Cougars go to the double tight end look, Tatman -- a former junior college basketball player who has not played college football -- teams up with Thompson, or Stormo and Lintz are paired.

ANDERSON RETURNED KICKS Friday morning along with Jeffrey Solomon, sophomore Kevin Norrell and true freshmen Nolan Washington, Leon Brooks and Gino Simone. Senior Chantz Staden, last year's return man, remains a redshirt candidate. He seen limited practice time after knee surgery.

ONLY CENTER Kenny Alfred has been publicly identified as a definite starter, but the starting offensive line seems to be getting set. Left to right, tackle to tackle, the standard No. 1 unit consists of Steven Ayers, Zack Williams, Alfred, B.J. Guerra and Micah Hannam.

There's been some mixing and matching with the second-string O-line, but Brian Danaher has seen action at both guard spots, and Joe Eppele and Tyson Pencer are the usual tackles. Chris Prummer is the center.

Andrew Roxas, who started eight games at offensive guard last season, was listed as the No. 2 center coming into camp. He remains sidelined due to illness.

INJURY REPORT: Freshman running back Carl Winston (concussion) and reserve linebacker Deon Ford (broken thumb) are out indefinitely.

Defensive tackle Bernard Wolfgramm, defensive end Jesse Feagin and Myron Beck were back in action after taking a day or two off due to minor health issues.

-- BROTHERLY LOVE: The Cougar website lists freshman walk-on receiver Esa Johnwell as the brother of former Cougar defensive backs Hamza and Husain Abdullah. That's the way Johnwell likes it, even it's not officially accurate.

"We're technically stepbrothers, but we have never felt that way … we were raised as brothers," Johnwell said. "We're still close." Johnwell's WSU bio lists him as one of 11 children but he counted them up, saying he's one of 12.

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