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6: Tuesday: You never know. Just like the games themselves, the sporting world rarely follows a script. I didn’t plan on sending out texts, making phone calls and scouring NBA mock drafts on Monday, but that’s what happened when it became known that Kyle Wiltjer is considering skipping his senior season at Gonzaga.
Tuesday: The Cougars often end practice with a “make-you-miss” drill, in which an offensive player and a defensive player stand about 10 yards apart with their backs facing each other. On a whistle the players turn and the offensive player has to get by the defensive player with about 5 yards in which to move laterally.
Unhappy with the play of the offense, Mike Leach demanded that each receiver and running back go through the drill three times, much more than usual. It’s a physical drill and tempers between the offense and defense flared more than once.
Wednesday: It was not a fun day for quarterback Matt Linehan. He drew the ire of (coach Paul) Petrino a lot, but the offensive line was not making it easy for him. His release point was a little bit low and he didn’t move in the pocket as well as he had.
Jake Luton, on the other hand, had a good day, finding receivers with his deep ball. A long touchdown to Jacob Sannon was the highlight. I can’t make too much of it, though, until Luton shines in a scrimmage.
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