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WSU practice report

-- Senior cornerback Treshon Broughton has been running with the ones opposite Darrien Molton lately, with Marcellus Pippins backing him up. Whether or not he can hold off the more experienced junior until the season remains to be seen, but Broughton has been playing well lately.

-- Willie Roach spent some time backing up Shalom Luani at free safety, but during team period he returned to cornerback. He's been playing well at cornerback, and is a physical player, so the coaches probably want to see how he handles other positions in their efforts to get the best players on the field.

-- Garrett McBroom will see the field a lot this fall, it seems. He's been running with the ones at defensive end with Daniel Ekuale unavailable, and has played very well for someone who is still getting his feet wet.

-- There were a lot of big plays today, although I'm not sure that was necessarily a good thing. The coaches seemed to think they were more a result of screw-ups being taken advantage of, rather than exceptional plays by either side. Still, there were some highlights during the skeleton drill. Luke Falk threw a 45-yard touchdown pass to Tavares Martin, who outleapt Roach for the jump ball. … Jalen Thompson leveled Robert Lewis on a crossing route to break up a pass. … A couple plays later, Lewis snuck behind the defense on a post, and Peyton Bender hit him for a 45-yard score. … The defense had Jamal Morrow dead-to-rights on a quick pass into the flat, but the running back cut back diagonally across the field, catching seemingly the whole defense out of position to change direction on what ended up being a big gain. … Kyle Sweet had a great, one-handed touchdown grab (45 yards) on a pass from Bender.

-- Tyler Hilinksi got the first shot behind center during Tuesday's team period, and the freshman quarterback spun the ball pretty well. Early in the period he hit Kyrin Priester for a 20-yard gain, and then one play later he saw Gabe Marks race behind the defense. Hilinksi flung the ball deep past the safeties, Marks ran under it and the offense had a 70-yard touchdown.

James Williams caught a pass in the flat about seven yards from the end zone and seemed certain to run out of bounds, but he planted his foot just short of the line (a defender could not and went flying past) and Williams ran in for the score. Bender also threw a touchdown pass to Tavares Martin, but the defense won the final play when Aaron Porter stripped Williams on a goal-line run.

-- Falk threw well during his session. He was intercepted by Shalom Luani, but the defense had jumped offside and I think Falk knew he had a free play. Falk threw a touchdown pass to Marks, who made the diving grab with one hand while defensive back Deion Singleton tried to force him to the ground. Marks was pretty excited about the play, and his spike might've cleared the goal posts. The defense then stopped the offense on consecutive plays near the goal line, but on third down Falk went back to Marks on the fade for another touchdown, from about three yards out. On the final play, with the team period win or loss on the line, Falk scrambled for a touchdown.

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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