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Offense crisp during Thursday’s practice

Luke Falk was hard on himself after Saturday's scrimmage, but the Washington State quarterback looked particularly sharp on Thursday.

Falk was particularly accurate during the skeleton drill, overpowering the defense quickly with a series of well-placed passes to receivers on intermediate to deep routes. Falk completed his first 11 passes during the period, including a pair of touchdown throws to John Thompson, before his 12th pass was finally broken up by Jalen Thompson. He then completed three more, before just overthrowing Robert Lewis.

The Cougars QB was similarly sharp during the team period, highlighted by a 60-yard touchdown pass to Gabe Marks, who did a lot of the work after the catch. The offense stalled in the red zone, however, when a pass rush led by Hercules Mata'afa and Logan Tago kept Falk on his heels.

Here's what else I saw:

-- Speaking of Tago, he appears to have returned to the rush linebacker position and he was running with the ones today. Nnamdi Oguayo appears to have flipped places with Tago and was working out at defensive end today.

-- Tavares Martin looked good today.  Where Dom Williams made his hay at the X position by getting behind defenders, Martin gets a lot of work done on comeback routes. He's got a deceptive move to get around the cornerback once he's secured the ball on a comeback, and he uses it pretty effectively.

-- The running backs wore out the defense during the team run period. By the end, James Williams, Jamal Morrow and Gerard Wicks had each carved through the defense for some pretty big gains.

-- Today was Peyton Bender's turn to lead the team session before Falk, which means Tyler Hilinksi got the skeleton drill reps. Hilinski has had some trouble not throwing interceptions this spring, but he was pretty sharp today, hitting Martin for a couple nice gains and Robert Lewis for a touchdown.

When the skeleton drill moved closer to the end zone (the line of scrimmage would be the 12-yard line) Hilinksi was intercepted by Thompson, but threw a nice touchdown pass to Gabe Marks one play later.

When the drill moved to the five-yard line, Falk threw two passes: touchdowns to Kyle Sweet and River Cracraft. Then, Hilinski threw two passes: touchdowns to Cracraft and Marks.

-- Bender threw well during the team period, completing his first four passes, including a 25-yard pass to Cracraft and a 15-yarder to James Williams. Oguayo then sacked him, and while he completed a 35-yard pass to Martin, the ball hung pretty badly and the offense was fortunate to get a completion on the play. Ouayo picked up another sack, as did Hercules Mata'afa, before Bender finished with touchdown throws to Cracraft and Sweet.

-- Note: Because of some unfortunate family circumstances I will not be at the scrimmage on Saturday. If you would like to attend it sounds like the scrimmage will start around 1:20 p.m. at Martin Stadium. Feel free to shoot me an email at jacobt@spokesman.com to let me know what you see.



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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