Washington State is off the practice field on hot, sunny Tuesday in the Palouse, the first such day this season with senior Marshall Lobbestael as the man in charge of the offense. We have some notes about how it went, so read on.
• We'll get the bad news out of the way first. Though a few guys returned from their bouts with the flu, guys like quarterbacks Connor Halliday, David Gilbertson and Cody Clements, middle linebacker C.J. Mizell, receiver Marquess Wilson and defensive back Tracy Clark, more players missed practice Tuesday. Safety Tyree Toomer and backup offensive lineman Matt Goetz were at practice but not in pads, while defensive end Travis Long, linebacker Mike Ledgerwood, left tackle David Gonzales, guard Elliot Bosch and kicker Tyler McNannay were out for the first day and receiver Isiah Myers and right tackle Rico Forbes were out for a second day. ... Tuesdays of game weeks are usually pretty slow moving, as the installation of the game plan finishes up and instruction is emphasized. Today, however, seemed even slower than usual. I would credit the players being out with the flu and the change at quarterback for most of that. The offense seemed to be really taking its time to make sure everyone was on the same page. ... There were so many players out today, the kickers and long snappers chipped in to help the linebackers with their drills. ... A couple of other notes, including the news receiver Blair Bomber, coming off ACL surgery, was out doing straight-line sprints today, another step in his recuperation. ... Chas Sampson moved from defensive line to offensive line this week. The 6-foot-4, 303-pounder took snaps at guard and look pretty good. ... Cyrus Coen, who was hurt against Idaho State, returned to practice today. ... Darryl Monroe, the freshman who tore his Achilles last Saturday, will have surgery on Friday. ... Sorry, but no press conference video today. ... Here is our Pac-12 notebook for tomorrow's S-R.
• That's it for tonight. We'll be back in the morning with some more thoughts and our usual links. Until then ...