The Washington State University football team kicked off its 2013 season with a two-hour workout in helmets and shorts Friday afternoon. The Cougars are the first team in the Pac-12 Conference to open preseason camp.
Washington State worked through its familiar practice routine, a series of drills by each position group before the offenses and defenses squared off against their respective scout teams for a segment. The Cougars later worked through 1-vs.-1 battles with the wide receivers and defensive backs matched up on the main field while the offensive and defensive lines matched up in a running drill and the opposite field.
The first day of practice saw the Cougars work through a couple special teams segments that focused on punt coverage. A session of 7-vs.-7 broke up the two punt coverage drills. In the 7-vs-7, sophomore Destiny Vaeao, now playing the BUCK/Outside linebacker position, dropped into coverage and showed great hands, reaching out to intercept a pass, drawing a huge celebration from the defense.
In the season’s first team segment, redshirt-junior Connor Halliday quarterbacked the first series for the offense before redshirt-freshman Austin Apodaca ran the offense for the second and final series of the day. The defense came out on top in the team segment, highlighted by an interception from senior cornerback Damante Horton who tipped a pass high up in air before jumping up to corral the ball and then raced up the left sideline for a would-be pick-6.
WSU continues fall practice Saturday at 3 p.m.