Posts tagged: Thursday Night Football
Thursdays are always the loudest afternoons at Rogers Field and Martin Stadium. The team plays music, pumps in noise and breaks up the monotony of another week of school by causing a big ruckus.
But the noise usually dies down by the time the underclassmen begin their Thursday Night Football scrimmage.
Read more after the jump.
One thing I love about watching these underclassmen scrimmages, the young defenders always load up for the big hit. Not that the hits are illegal or especially dangerous – I haven't seen anyone try to spear a teammate or lead with the helmet or anything like that – but with their older teammates watching and commenting from the sideline it's apparent the defenders want to assert themselves.
Follow the jump for more on today's scrimmage and the rest of practice.
Washington State held its first Pullman practice of the 2014 season at 8 p.m. tonight. The practice took on the dual roles of a Sunday night postgame practice – the Rutgers game is on a Thursday so Friday is effectively Sunday now – and a Thursday practice, with the underclassmen scrimmaging at the end.
Our practice report is just a click away.
From Pullman — The thermometer dropped 25 and it felt even colder as the Cougars took the field for their last regular practice before a big game against Utah. Quarterback Connor Halliday was sharp, completing 22 of 25 passes in the 11-on-11 session. On the defensive side of the ball the secondary was sharp as Anthony Carpenter, Nolan Washington and Deone Bucannon all broke up passes. Casey Locker — playing in place of Taylor Taliulu — read scout team quarterback Tyler Bruggman's eyes perfectly to pick off a pass. Cyrus Coen was again a non-participant with Tana Pritchard taking his place at SAM linebacker.
WSU also held its weekly Thursday Night Football scrimmage. More on that after the jump.
While the Cougars have adjusted their practice schedule this week to accommodate next week's Thursday night game, Washington State still held its weekly Thursday Night Football practice at the regular time. The event, which follows a normal practice, is a full-contact scrimmage for the team's younger players.
Linebacker Nathan Hundeby was the night's most impressive player. The freshman from Spokane had seven tackles to go with an interception of Tyler Bruggman and a sack of Connor Ennis. It was a rough day for Bruggman, who finished the day 7-of-14 with two interceptions. The first-year player out of Arizona did have a touchdown pass to Jamal Morrow, but most of the work was done by the freshman running back.
After practice we spoke with offensive line coach Clay McGuire who gave us the lowdown on the practice from a coach's perspective.
From Pullman — There was a shakeup along the offensive line for much of Thursday's practice, with Matt Goetz taking over the right guard position and John Fullington sliding over to right tackle. Rico Forbes — who has been the starter at right tackle but struggled against Stanford last Saturday — worked with the second unit. After practice offensive line coach Clay McGuire admitted that “it's a good possiblity” this is the unit we'll see this weekend.
The Cougars had a light practice session on Thursday followed by Thursday Night Football. This weekly scrimmage is for the younger, scout-team guys who may not make the trip to Berkeley with the team, as well as special team players and guys that could use a few more reps. Follow the link for some highlights from the session, as well as some thoughts from McGuire: