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Washington State to hold first of 25 fall practices on Friday in Pullman

Washington State Cougars defensive end Moon Ashby (49) runs drills during a spring college football practice on Thursday, April 8, 2021, on WSU’s practice field in Pullman, Wash.  (Tyler Tjomsland / The Spokesman-Review)

As Washington State builds up to the 2021 football season, the Cougars will hold 25 practices throughout August, beginning Friday in Pullman.

Nearly one month before the Sept. 6 opener against Utah State, WSU will open preseason camp with an 8:15 a.m. practice at Rogers Field. Unlike the Mike Leach era, when most practices began in the late afternoon, second-year coach Nick Rolovich is leaning toward an earlier schedule with all 25 practices starting no later than 9:15 a.m.

The Cougars’ practices, which include two scrimmages, will be open to the media with limited access to the playing field.

The Cougars will begin with two helmets-only practices before adding shoulder pads on the third day. The team’s first fully padded practice will take place on Aug. 12.

Here is the practice schedule in full: Friday, 8:15 a.m.; Saturday, 8:15 a.m.; Monday, 8:45 a.m.; Tuesday, 8:15 a.m.; Wednesday, 8:15; Aug. 12, 8:15 a.m.; Aug. 13, 8:15 a.m.; Aug. 14, 8:15 a.m., scrimmage; Aug. 16, 8:45 a.m.; Aug. 17, 8:15 a.m.; Aug. 18, 8:15 a.m.; Aug. 19, 8:15 a.m.; Aug. 20, 8:15 a.m.; Aug. 21, 9:15 a.m., scrimmage.