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Courtesy: Washington State Athletics
Defense Shines as Cougars Continue Spring Practice
Courtesy: Washington State Athletics
Release: 04/17/2014
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PULLMAN, Wash. – Washington State football continued spring practice with a two-hour workout in helmets and shoulder pads on Rogers Field and in Martin Stadium Thursday afternoon.

The Cougars opened practice by working through their similar routine of individual position workouts, a 1-vs.-1 drill while the lines went against each other in the running game drill, 7-vs.-7, before working punt coverage and wrapping up with 11-vs.-11 team.

In team, a pair of running backs produced highlights on the first two plays as redshirt-senior Theron West took a handoff and juked one defender and picked up a first down and redshirt-freshman Jamal Morrow followed by catching a short pass and making a move on a covering linebacker and bursting up the right sideline for a big gain, bringing screams from the offense.

Later in the series, redshirt-senior quarterback Connor Halliday connected down the field with sophomore wideout River Cracraft for a big gain and then converted a simulated third-and-short with a rocket of a throw outside to redshirt-senior wideout Rickey Galvin. The defense answered with a couple pass breakups but Halliday came back with another strong throw past a defender to Galvin in the end zone. Led by defensive linemen Xavier Cooper and Toni Pole, the defense stuffed running back Jamal Morrow up the middle as he tried to punch it in from the five yard line.

Redshirt-freshman Luke Falk operated the second series, hitting junior running back Teondray Caldwell in stride, allowing him to race up the sideline for a big gain. The defense again responded as junior linebacker blew up a running back for a loss and then the line got pressure on Falk for a “sack.” A couple plays later, redshirt-junior linebacker Chester Su’a forced an incompletion after getting into the backfield on a blitz, forcing a tough throw.  Falk bounced back with a first down completion to sophomore wideout John Thompson to get down inside the five yard line. The defense ended the day with a diving pass break up in the end zone by redshirt-sophomore safety Beau Glover.

The Cougars will practice Saturday.

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