April 9, 2013
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PULLMAN, Wash. - Washington State football continued spring practice with a full pads workout Tuesday afternoon on Rogers Field and in Martin Stadium.
The Cougars worked through their usual practice segments of individual position drills, one-on-one battles, 7-vs-7 and special teams that focused on the kickoff coverage before closing the day with a "live" team segment.
Today's team segment featured the No. 1 offense face the No. 1 defense and the No. 2 offense battle the No. 2 defense in a couple "live" series. Quarterback Austin Apodaca led the No. 2 offense on the first series, connecting with running back Jeremiah Laufasa on a short route which Laufasa turned up field, received a big block from wideout Kristoff Williams and scampered another 30-plus yards for a touchdown. A few plays later, linebacker Cyrus Coen blew up a screen play by taking down wide receiver Gabe Marks as soon as he caught the pass. A few plays later, quarterback Connor Halliday found Marks in traffic for a third-and-long conversion for the No. 1 offense.
Later in the series, running back Teondray Caldwell spun off a couple tacklers for a nine-yard run but the series ended as defensive lineman Darryl Paulo knocked down a Halliday pass on third down. On Apodaca's ensuing series with the No. 2 offense, linebacker Jeremiah Allison recorded a "sack" but Apodaca answered with a long touchdown pass to Tyler Baker who had got behind the defense. The following play saw Apodaca connect with wide receiver Brett Bartolone who ran away from one linebacker and then raced up the sideline before David Bucannon made a touchdown-saving tackle around the 10-yard line. Later in the drive, an Apodaca pass was picked off by Allison at the goal line that set off a big celebration by the defense.
The final series saw Halliday and the No. 1 offense close the day with a couple long touchdown throws. Halliday started his series by hitting wideout Dominique Williams in stride on a quick pass, who outran a couple defenders for a 50-yard touchdown. The defense countered with a sack from linebacker Kache Palacio but Halliday answered with a long touchdown pass to wide receiver Bobby Ratliff and then capped the day with a perfectly thrown fade pass to Kristoff Williams in the end zone for a score.
Kicker Andrew Furney finished the team segment by connecting from 48-yards out.
The Cougars continue spring drills Thursday at 3 p.m. at Rogers Field and in Martin Stadium.