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Cougars waiting for Thursday


FROM PULLMAN — It was another hectic day for yours truly in terms of trying to do a bunch of things at once. But we did see most of practice, from one angle or another, and have some notes for you.

There's an old cliche that coaches and players like to throw around late in camp before the season starts. It has something to do with “hitting guys wearing a different color” or something of the like. It appears as if WSU's players are past that point. And their coaches, while focusing on preparation, seem somewhat intrigued to see exactly what kind of product they're going to put on the field on Thursday, as evidenced by the above videos. … It was another full pads day on Monday, with some special-teams work (kickoff coverage and the like) followed by another long session of scout work. … Xavier Cooper's foot is still in a boot and he didn't practice, though it's hard to say how that bodes for his chances of playing against BYU. He is listed atop the depth chart, for what that's worth (probably not a whole lot, but who knows?) … Henry Eaddy did some running off to the side — same with linebacker Darren Markle — as the Cougars spent the majority of the practice inside Martin Stadium. … It doesn't look as if Ray Ford's hand injury is going to keep him out at all. He's been practicing with a club on his right hand the past two days, and looked pretty comfortable catching the ball in interception drills despite only having full use of one hand. … Though Adam Coerper is listed as the starter at defensive end on the depth chart, it appeared Matthew Bock and Steven Hoffart continued to see reps with the No. 1 defense alongside nose tackle Ioane Gauta. Expect to see those two on the field quite a bit on Thursday.

That's all for now.

Christian Caple can be reached at Twitter: @ChristianCaple

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