PULLMAN, Wash. – Washington State football continued preseason camp with a two-hour practice in helmets and shoulder pads on Rogers Field and in Martin Stadium Thursday afternoon.
The Cougars worked through its regular practice plan of individuals and 1-vs.-1 battles, before going into a couple periods of special teams that focused on kickoff return and punt return. Sandwiched in between the two special teams segments, WSU worked through its daily 7-vs.-7 session while the defensive and offensive lines matched up in a running game drill.
In the team session, redshirt-junior quarterback Connor Halliday started the day with a first down completion to freshman wideout River Cracraft. The defense answered by forcing three straight incompletions before sophomore wide receiver Brett Bartolone made a great adjustment in the air to come down with long first down catch. A couple plays later, sophomore running back Teondray Caldwell burst through the line and broke off a long run up the right sideline. He then powered his way straight ahead to pick up the first down on third-and-short a couple plays later. Halliday later hit redshirt-junior Kristoff Williams in traffic for a big gain but the defense answered on the next play as redshirt-junior nose tackle Toni Pole blew up a run play.
Redshirt-freshman quarterback Austin Apodaca led the second team back down the field and after just missing a pair of long completions, he connected with redshirt-sophomore Dominique Williams for a 50-plus yard catch and run for a score. Apodaca later found junior Isiah Myers for another big gain to put the offense inside the 10 before redshirt-senior running back Leon Brooks ended the day with a short touchdown scamper over the right side.
WSU continues preseason camp Friday with a 4:30 p.m. scrimmage in Martin Stadium.