FROM PULLMAN — It was a standard, in-season Sunday night practice for Washington State tonight — that is to say, they didn't wear pads — not even shoulder pads — just jerseys, shorts and helmets, and did mostly scout and special-teams work. We do have a few notes, so read on.
The most noteworthy part of practice may have been that it appears WSU's travel squad is taking shape. By my count, there were 70 players wearing crimson helmets, something that usually signifies who will travel for road games. It should be noted that this is by no means the official travel squad, and obviously, things can change. I would expect some variation. But to give an idea of what the travel squad might look like, here you go:
QB — Connor Halliday; Austin Apodaca; Tyler Bruggman; Luke Falk
RB — Teondray Caldwell; Marcus Mason; Jeremiah Laufasa; Theron West; Leon Brooks; Kyle Lappano
IWR — Rickey Galvin; Robert Lewis; Brett Bartolone; River Cracraft, Bobby Ratliff
OWR — Dominique Williams; Vince Mayle; Kristoff Williams; Gabe Marks; Isiah Myers
OL — Joe Dahl; Riley Sorenson; Elliott Bosch; Gunnar Eklund; Matt Goetz; Devonte McClain; Zach Brevick; Eduardo Middleton; Rico Forbes, John Fullington; Cole Madison
DL — Toni Pole; Ioane Gauta; Robert Barber, Daniel Ekuale; Logan Mayes; Xavier Cooper; Lyman Faoliu; Matthew Bock; Darryl Paulo
LB — Destiny Vaeao; Feddie Davey; Ivan McLennan; Jeremiah Allison; Justin Sagote; Darryl Monroe; Eric Oertel; Tana Pritchard; Jared Byers; Kache Palacio; Cyrus Coen; Peyton Pelluer
CB — Damante Horton; Nolan Washington; Daquawn Brown; Tracy Clark; Charleston White; Alex Jackson
S — Deone Bucannon; Taylor Taliulu; Casey Locker; Anthony Carpenter; Mitchell Peterson; Isaac Dotson; Parker Henry (he was wearing a crimson jersey and will be working with the offense going forward)
K — Andrew Furney; Mike Bowlin; Erik Powell; Wes Concepcion
LS — Alex Den Bleyker
– Practice ended with a punt-catching competition between WSU's offensive and defensive linemen. The defense won after Gauta and Bock both made clean catches, and Fullington was the only offensive player who snagged his. Eklund, Barber, Forbes, Cooper and Madison all came up empty.
– Ken Bone attended practice and spoke for quite a while with Mike Leach afterward.
– Leach addressed the team at the end of practice about how Sunday's night sessions signify the beginning of a new week, regardless of how well or poorly the team played the day before.
– WSU doesn't practice Monday, and players are no longer available to the media after practices.
– Horton and Locker, both of whom have been out/limited recently, participated in the practice because it was all no-contact.
That's all for now. We'll pass along more about WSU's linebackers later, as that was the subject of our position preview tonight.