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PULLMAN – After Washington State football players were called out publicly by coach Mike Leach for showing too much frustration on the sidelines during Thursday’s season-opening loss at Brigham Young, at least one Cougars player actually wishes he’d shown more emotion. In a positive way, of course.
After Washington State football players were called out publicly by coach Mike Leach for showing too much frustration on the sidelines during Thursday’s season-opening loss at Brigham Young, at least one Cougars player actually wishes he’d shown more emotion. In a positive way, of course. “I haven’t played a game like that in a while, and I maybe tried to play it a little too cool and just be too relaxed,” quarterback Jeff Tuel said Monday. “And I need to let myself out more and let some of my passion for the game out, and do a better job leading and being vocal for my guys on the sideline to make sure that guys don’t hang their heads and get down.” The unnecessary relaxation resulted in too much hesitation, something Tuel and Leach have readily admitted in the days since.
All about the offense It would be quite literally unprecedented if a Washington State quarterback doesn’t post passing numbers among the nation’s best this season.
This is the last of eight position previews for the Washington State football team. PULLMAN – Mike Leach won’t come right out and say it, but the Washington State coach has drawn plenty of lines to read between when it comes to his team’s quarterback competition.
Mike Leach won’t come right out and say it, but the Washington State coach has drawn plenty of lines to read between when it comes to his team’s quarterback competition. The battle – if you can call it that – between senior Jeff Tuel and redshirt sophomore Connor Halliday was supposed to be staged during the spring, but Halliday’s liver injury kept him out of 11-on-11 sessions and Tuel took every snap with the No. 1 offense. Halliday returned healthy for camp, but Tuel has continued to take the majority of the No. 1 reps. And Leach said this after practice on Sunday: “We’ve shifted reps on players. We’re putting more reps on the players we expect to play with more.” Those words seem to suggest, then, that Tuel is most likely to be WSU’s starter when the Cougars travel to face Brigham Young on Aug. 30, even if Leach doesn’t officially name him as such.
PULLMAN – Both Washington State players performed well in Saturday’s scrimmage, and both split their repetitions between the first- and second-team offenses. Yes, receivers Marquess Wilson and Gabe Marks did their thing during WSU’s first scrimmage of training camp at Martin Stadium, with Wilson catching two touchdown passes and Marks snagging an impressive 70-yard score.
PULLMAN – Like most other things about Mike Leach and his offense, the goal for quarterback Jeff Tuel in today’s scrimmage at Martin Stadium will be simple. “Just keep rolling,” the senior quarterback said Friday following the Cougars’ ninth practice of training camp.
PULLMAN – The honeymoon might not be over yet, but the bear hunting certainly is. New coach Mike Leach – famed for his unique offseason ventures – was all business Thursday as his Washington State football players began handling theirs.
Roughly 30 minutes after Mike Leach departed the stage at Pac-12 media day last week in Los Angeles, he was answering another question, this one about his celebrity and how quickly it’s grown in the months since his hire. The Washington State coach, perhaps surprisingly, didn’t have much to say.
UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif. – No longer is it true that Mike Leach has yet to win anything as Washington State’s head football coach. It will be more than a month before the Cougars actually play a game. But Leach was the undisputed champion of Tuesday’s Pac-12 media day, breaking up a fairly mundane parade of standard preseason questions and answers by introducing his character and unique style of conversation to the gathered reporters inside the Gibson Amphitheater at Universal Studios.
No longer is it true that Mike Leach has yet to win anything as Washington State’s head football coach.
PULLMAN – Call him Coach Tuel. That’s not to say that Washington State’s quarterback thinks he’s ready to take over the reins from Mike Leach. But with the 15th and final practice of the spring in the books as of about 6 p.m. Tuesday, the onus is now on Jeff Tuel to make sure the Cougars’ summer workouts go off without a hitch.
The play would have felt routine coming from Marquess Wilson last season. On Saturday, it was more of a reminder that the junior receiver is actually still here.
PULLMAN – If the tempo of Washington State’s defense during Saturday’s scrimmage wasn’t quite fast enough for defensive coordinator Mike Breske’s liking, there’s good news for players on that side of the ball. The Cougars have an entire week to speed things up.
PULLMAN – The story of Saturday’s scrimmage may have been the bits of turf clinging to the jerseys of Washington State’s offensive linemen. For the Cougars under coach Mike Leach, there’s practice, and then there’s the 15 or so minutes after practice during which players break off into their position groups and receive a little extra instruction based off their performance that day.