LEWISTON, Idaho – Washington State football opened fall practice with a two-hour workout in helmets and shorts at Sacajawea Middle School Saturday 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 the team session, the defense held the upperhand early on as cornerback Tracy Clark broke up a pass attempt over the middle and defensive lineman Xavier Cooper later swarmed a ball carrier behind the line of scrimmage. Later in the series, linebacker Jeremiah Allison blew up a screen play, bringing big a celebration from the defensive players.
With quarterback Connor Halliday at the controls, the first-team offense settled in as Halliday connected with wideout Gabe Marks in traffic for a first down. Halliday later completed a deep pass to wide receiver Dom Williams for a big gain and he also hit wideout Calvin Green in stride for a first down.
The following series was quarterbacked by redshirt-freshman Luke Falk who connected on a couple short passes to wideout Vince Mayle and to a sliding Green. Later in the drive, the defense produced a couple pass break-ups before Falk hit running back Gerard Wicks out of the backfield for a short touchdown catch.
The Cougars continue fall camp Sunday at 2:30 p.m. with another practice in helmets and shorts.