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Monday WSU football practice report

From Pullman — Cyrus Coen was the first WSU football player out on the field for Monday night's practice, which didn't end until around 10:45. The Cougars were in fine spirits for their first rivalry week practice, whooping and hollering after big plays. No position group's morale appeared higher than the offensive line, which has been receiving a lot of praise the past couple weeks after years of shouldering the blames for the Cougars' woes on offense.

“It's a good thing, I think our guys have built confidence and they are playing well,” offensive line coach Clay McGuire said. “But what we've done the last two weeks doesn't mean anything. We're facing a really good pass rush from udub and they do a nice job on the defensive line.”

More after the jump.

Monday practice report and an award finalist

From Pullman — The Cougars had a Monday practice today because of the skewed schedule stemming from a Thursday night football game this week. Things got a bit chippy during the session when freshman Emmitt Su'a-Kalio appeared to good-naturedly hold down running back Theron West during a special teams drill. West took exception to Su'a-Kalio not letting him up, and took a swing at the freshman when he rose. The players were quickly separated and neither seemed the worse for wear.

Coach Mike Leach said he doesn't mind such skirmishes, with a caveat: “As long as they don't waste too much time,” Leach said. “If they waste time then I'll roll them, but they better not take too much time.”

The first team defense struggled again as scout team quarterbacks Tyler Bruggman and Lucas Falk continually completed passes to Cougars downfield. The defense has struggled against he pass all week, and the scout team was able to find success in the ground game as well.

Also, a WSU football player is in the hunt for one of college football's most prestigious awards. Find out who after the jump.

WSU Friday football practice

From Pullman — Because next week's game against Arizona State is being played on a Thursday, the Washington State football team has moved its weekly schedule ahead three days. That mean's tonight's practice was treated as a Sunday practice, and the Cougars won't practice on Saturday (Monday). Don't worry, you're not the only one who's confused.

The team ran through various drills for just over an hour before ending practice. No players were limited other than long snapper Ryan Saparto and offensive lineman Jacob Seydel.Receiver Kristoff Williams is back with the team and caught a couple passes from quarterback Connor Halliday.

After practice we spoke to defensive line coach Joe Salave'a. Read the highlights from the Q&A after the jump.

Wednesday Morning Links

From Pullman—By the time you read this, I'll be pulling into SeaTac airport, en route to San Francisco for Pac-12 Basketball Media Day. While that means no more practice reports this week, it will also mean a flurry of basketball news, so stay tuned for that.

As for yesterday's practice, coach Mike Leach announced after practice that freshman cornerback Alex Jackson has been suspended indefinitely. Jackson has played sparingly this year, although he did return a pair of kickoffs against Stanford.

Also absent from practice was wide receiver Kristoff Williams, although Leach said that he remains in good standing with the team. Linebacker Feddie Davey was limited in practice, and linebackers coach Ken Wilson confirmed that he is nursing some minor injuries. Wilson also said that he expects the injured Peyton Pelluer back at practice this week.

On scout team the Cougars had receiver Drew Loftus taking snaps at quarterback, presumably an attempt to replicate the speed of Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota. 

Now let's get to those links:

Williams limited; other practice notes

Wide receiver Dominique Williams was limited in practice on Tuesday after missing much of the latter portion of the Cal game for undisclosed reasons. Williams has been one of WSU's most explosive players this season … Backup QB Austin Apodaca had an impressive practice. The redshirt freshman only missed two passes combined in the skeleton and team drills, and couldn't be blamed for his lone interception … Daquawn Brown continued to run with the first team at cornerback, and had a nice pick off fellow freshman Tyler Bruggman.

The offensive line was impressive on Saturday, giving up just one sack in 68 drop backs by quarterback Connor Halliday. After practice we had a chance to talk to offensive line coach Clay McGuire to get his thoughts from the game. 

Tuesday practice notes and quotes

From Pullman — The Cougar football team had a cold, wet practice at Martin Stadium on Tuesday afternoon. There were some highlights, such as a beautifully lofted throw from Austin Apodaca that fell into Dominique Williams' breadbasket and a stunning, one-handed catch by Kristoff Williams. There were also lowlights, such as Connor Halliday's interception during the team period. The defense looks eager to face Cal's Bear Raid offense, with cornerback Anthony Carpenter blowing up a pass and Kalafitoni Pole batting another down at the line of scrimmage. Read on for some thoughts from defensive coordinator Mike Breske, but before you do, remember to mark your calendars for tomorrow's 11 a.m. live chat on this very blog.

Video: A look at Gonzaga’s practice

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FROM SALT LAKE CITY — They call it “practice,” technically, but as you can see from the video posted below, these open-to-the-public, day-before-the-tourney practice sessions aren't all that strenuous. Here's a look.

Notes from an evening practice

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FROM PULLMAN — It might be Friday in the real world, but it's Sunday for the Washington Statae football team. That meant a light, slightly-more-than-an-hour practice at Martin Stadium. And for the first time since practice began, I wore jeans instead of shorts. That and other pressing matters after the jump.

Cougars get some players back

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FROM PULLMAN — It was a bit of a hectic afternoon for yours truly. A meeting with athletic director Bill Moos took my attention away from practice for 15 minutes or so, but we do have some notes from the rest of it. Read on.

It’s Thursday on Tuesday for WSU

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FROM PULLMAN — It's Tuesday night, but Washington State conducted its football practice as if it were a Thursday. That meant plenty of reps for the younger players. Read on.

WSU bounces back from sloppiness

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FROM PULLMAN — The practices are getting shorter now for Washington State, as coach Mike Leach said they would once they start wrapping up camp. Read on for a few notes.

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