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Cougars practice a bit longer


FROM PULLMAN — After a relatively short practice on Sunday and a day off, Washington State spent a solid two-and-a-half hours on Rogers Field on Tuesday. We have notes.

The grand journey of Niu Sale continued on Tuesday, as the junior college transfer is again wearing a crimson jersey and practicing with the offensive line. Coach Mike Leach said they wanted to see what Sale could do on the defensive line, but that after taking a look at him there, they believe he fits better on the other side of the ball. … Defensive tackle Xavier Cooper once again practiced boot-free, and was a full participant for the second consecutive practice. He seems to be moving pretty well, perhaps an indication that he's ready to make his collegiate debut against Eastern Washington this week. … CB Damante Horton still has a wrap on his left arm, buthe was a full participant in practice and looks as if he's likely to play this weekend.

… Again, Connor Halliday received a few snaps with the No. 1 offensive unit in the pass-skel portion of practice, though still significantly less than Jeff Tuel. … Wade Jacobson continued to work at right tackle with the first-team offensive line, a position he's familar and comfortable with. … Anthony Carpenter is still working at cornerback, a move defensive coordinator Mike Breske said is intended to develop a little more depth there. … Robert Barber is no longer on crutches, and has been riding an exercise bike the past couple practices. He's still wearing a large brace on his leg.

That's about it for today.

Christian Caple can be reached at Twitter: @ChristianCaple

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