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WSU practice notes: Defense gets extra work in

The Washington State defense forced some turnovers and did some good things on Wednesday. But they still stayed about 20 minutes later than the offense.

Defensive coordinator Alex Grinch said after practice that the defense stayed late to make sure it gets all of its Oregon State preparation in, and they're certainly getting a lot of looks from the scout offense.

And the defense could have hustled better on Wednesday, so perhaps Grinch felt that they weren't using their time effectively. But the unit did make some good plays, too, such as a team forced fumble of Madigan Talulei and a string of interceptions at the end of practice.

Otherwise, it was honestly a pretty uneventful practice in which the players and coaches went about their work, but with no particularly defining themes. But here are my notes:

-- Tyler Hilinski isn't a speedster, but he's fast enough to mimic the Oregon State quarterback Seth Collins for the scout team. He's got a couple open field moves, too, and gave the defense conniptions on a 40-yard touchdown run. Now, the defense wasn't running full speed once he got past the initial defenders and I doubt it would have been a touchdown in a live setting, but he did juke a guy and was running fast enough to get an explosive play out of it. Hilinski also threw a beautiful 35-yard pass to Wilson Kainoa, who ran a great route to get behind the defense.

-- No Isaac Dotson at practice today. His status seems pretty up in the air, since Grinch said "we'll see" when I asked him if he expects Dotson to contribute again this season.

-- Also not at practice, at least I couldn't find them: Pat Porter, Devonte McClain and Michael Cole. No, I do not know where they were.

-- Another good practice for Kyrin Priester, who has been coming on this week. He caught an 18-yard touchdown pass from Luke Falk on a post-route with a defender on his hip.

-- Parker "Bulldog" Henry with a couple takeaways today. WSU's new starting Nickel intercepted Hilinski and then stripped the ball a few plays later from Alijah Lee.

-- There were some more turnovers. Marcellus Pippins came across the field to intercept a pass from Connor Ennis and Jeremiah Allison took away a pass in the middle of the field. Hilinski threw deep to the end zone and the ball landed in the arms of cornerback Darrien Molton and Andrew Hecker took one away from Peyton Bender.

The best, however, was a one-handed interception made by nose tackle Robert Barber when Ennis tried to whip a throw past his head.

-- Tha-tha-tha-that's all, folks!

Jacob Thorpe
Jacob Thorpe joined The Spokesman-Review in 2013. He currently is a reporter for the Sports Desk covering Washington State University athletics.

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