A quick post with some thoughts on today's morning practice. Read on.
• Pretty simple day, with the attitude more businesslike than emotional, except near the end. A couple changes on the injury list, with freshman linebacker Darryl Monroe returning from his concussion, albeit in a yellow jersey, and left tackle David Gonzales sitting out after tweaking his left ankle Saturday. ... WSU president Elson Floyd made an early morning visit to practice, talked with Paul Wulff a while, watched for a few minutes and left. ... Linebacker coach Chris Tormey was back at practice but reserve offensive lineman Zach Brevick was still gone, out-of-town attending a wedding in the family. ... There were a couple of plays in team sessions worth pointing out, including the first Jeff Tuel interception of camp, though I'm not sure it was his fault. Tuel threw a fade to Kristoff Williams' outside shoulder, but Williams went inside and cornerback Damante Horton didn't. Horton picked the ball out of the air and took it back for a score. ... Two plays later Marquess Wilson ran a perfect pattern, got separation from Brandon Golden and caught Tuel's 20-yard touchdown strike in stride. ... The best play of the day, however, was turned in by Williams – though Bennett Bontemps made two excellent diving catches. Williams was coming across the back of the end zone bracketed front and back by Deone Bucannon and Golden, so Tuel threw it up where no one could get it – except Williams. He was able to rise up and among the four defender hands, snatch the ball, pull it to his body and come down with it. That catch led to some outpouring of emotion. So did a series of plays by the defense, which did a good job of making the offense turn in a spectacular play to move the ball. Play-to-play, the defense won the battle in the early practice Sunday.
• That's all for now. We'll be back after the afternoon session. Until then ...