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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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