PULLMAN, Wash. – Washington State football practiced in helmets and shoulder pads for two hours on Rogers Field and in Martin Stadium Saturday afternoon.
The Cougars worked through their similar routine of individual position workouts, 7-vs.-7, some kickoff return and 11-vs.-11 team.
The defense opened the team session with a big hit from senior linebacker Cyrus Coen who blew up a screen play on the first play. Redshirt-senior quarterback Connor Halliday came back with a nice pass in traffic to redshirt-junior wideout Daniel Lilienthal. The defense answered a pair of sacks by redshirt-senior nose tackle Toni Pole and redshirt-fresman defensive tackle Daniel Ekuale. Halliday later closed the series with a short touchdown pass to sophomore wide receiver River Cracraft.
Redshirt-freshman Tyler Bruggman quarterbacked the second series, connecting for first down completions to redshirt-senior Kristoff Williams and Cracraft. Sandwiched between the two throws was a 15-yard run by junior running back Teondray Caldwell who exploded up the middle. The defense settled in and came up with a couple big plays to end the drive, as redshirt-freshman cornerback Charleston White and sophomore safety Isaac Dotson each broke up passes in the end zone. Redshirt-junior linebacker Darryl Monroe closed the day with a big hit on a running back inside the five, keeping the offense out of the end zone.
The Cougars will resume spring practice Monday at 3 p.m.