PULLMAN, Wash. – Washington State football practiced in helmets and shoulder pads for two hours on Rogers Field and in Martin Stadium Thursday afternoon.
The Cougars worked through their similar routine of individual position workouts, 7-vs.-7, punt coverage, field goal and 11-vs.-11 team.
One change from Tuesday’s practice was the addition of a brief team sessions with the first teams squaring off followed by the second units. Both series focused on run plays, with redshirt-senior running back Theron West producing the best run, a 10-yard burst weaving through a couple defenders.
In team session, the final period of the day, redshirt-senior quarterback Connor Halliday opened the series with a long throw between two defenders to redshirt-senior wideout Vince Mayle who made the catch in stride and probably would have scored on the play. A couple plays later, West took a screen pass, shook one defender that brought screams from the offense and scampered up the sideline for a big gain.
Later in the drive, redshirt-junior BUCK linebacker Ivan McLennan delivered a big hit on West in the flat but Halliday came back with a nice throw on the run to redshirt-senior wide receiver Kristoff Williams on the sideline for a 25-yard completion.
In the second series quarterbacked by redshirt-freshman Luke Falk, the defense owned much of the series as redshirt-junior linebacker Chester Su’a opened with a sack and sophomore cornerback Daquawn Brown followed with a big pop on a running back in the flat for a loss on the play. Falk settled in a closed his day with a short touchdown passes to Williams and Mayle. The offense ended the day with a touchdown run up the middle from redshirt-freshman Gerard Wicks.
The Cougars will resume spring practice Saturday at 1 p.m.