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Cougars preparing for Cougars


FROM PULLMAN — Washington State practiced for a little more than two hours today, continuing preparations for Brigham Young. They spent the entire session on Rogers Field for the first time in a few days. We watched and have some notes.

Judging by the players working with the No. 1 offense and No. 1 defense against the respective scout teams, it appears as if WSU's starting lineup is becoming clearer. Steven Hoffart, Matthew Bock and Ioane Gauta continue to play as the No. 1 defensive line. Of course, changes there might depend on the availability of DE Xavier Cooper, who again wore a walking boot and spent practice on the bike. Freshman Taylor Taliulu is still getting the No. 1 reps at free safety. And WSU's offensive line is looking more and more as if it will be John Fullington at left tackle, Wade Jacobson at left guard, Elliott Bosch at center, Jake Rodgers at right guard and Dan Spitz at  right tackle. … CB Ray Ford participated in the full-pads practice, sporting a large, black club on his right hand. So it appears that whatever is ailing him probably won't prevent him from being available on Thursday.

… Sunday's practice more closely resembled what we've seen for most of camp, in that there was some positional drills early, plenty of 1-on-1 work and some 7-on-7 drills. There was also a good portion of practice spent on punt coverage and punt return, with the scout team getting the better of the starters a couple of different times. But obviously, there was also plenty of scout work, too, as there has been the past few practices. Typically, this practice would be the first of the week in terms of applying the opponent's game film to a scouting report and installing it on the field, because it was a “Tuesday” practice.

… LB Darren Markle, DT Justin Clayton and WR Henry Eaddy rode bikes, as well.

That's all for now.

Christian Caple can be reached at Twitter: @ChristianCaple

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