The second of the five two-a-days finished up Sunday afternoon and Washington State began to show signs of a tired football team. But after a team get-together tonight and a day off tomorrow, Tuesday should be different. Read on for more.
• The tired aspect was something Paul Wulff touched on after practice, saying tomorrow's day off – the first of the preseason after eight days and 10 practices – was needed. "The coaches need it, the players need it, we need it mentally, we need it physically," he said. "(We're) just getting to that threshold right now where we're starting getting a lot of guys nicked up in the last 24 hours. It's coming at a good time to get the guys refreshed a little bit." The list of guys nicked up grew Sunday, with starting tackle David Gonzales (ankle strain) and backup Dan Spitz (resting shoulder) sitting out the afternoon session, only to be joined early by tackle Jake Rodgers, who sprained his left shoulder in a blocking drill. At about the same time backup tight end Aaron Dunn limped off with a deep contusion in his left quad. There were also other players held out of the afternoon to allow little things to heal up over the next 24 hours. For example, receiver Jared Karstetter and running back Carl Winston watched the workout. ... To cover the missing tackles in the offensive line, John Fullington slid out to left tackle and Matt Goetz, a JC transfer from Texas who has been moving up the depth chart, took Fullington's spot at guard with the ones.
• That's all for now. We'll be back in the morning as usual. Until then ...