PULLMAN, Wash. – Washington State football continued spring practice with a two-hour workout in helmets and shorts Thursday afternoon on Rogers Field and in Martin Stadium.
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 followed before working on kickoff coverage and wrapping up with 11-vs.-11 team. The teams were set for the Crimson and Gray game and the teams worked together throughout the day. Players from the 1’s and 2’s were split up on both sides of the ball
Redshirt-senior quarterback Connor Halliday operated the first series and connected with redshirt-senior wideout Rickey Galvin for an early first-down completion. A couple plays later, redshirt-senior running back Theron West burst through a hole on the right side for a big carry. The defense answered with a couple nice plays as senior linebacker Cyrus Coen broke up a pass, redshirt-senior nose tackle Toni Pole forced Halliday out of the pocket and to throw the ball away as Pole closed in. The defense then came up with a turnover as junior safety Taylor Taliulu corralled a tipped pass for an interception. Halliday came back with a first down throw to Galvin and then hit West on a screen pass that West weaved his way up the sideline for a score form 20-yards out. Halliday later hit redshirt-senior wideout Vince Mayle for a short touchdown pass but the defense closed the series with a stop as redshirt-senior cornerback Tracy Clark broke up a pass intended for Mayle in the corner of the end zone.
Redshrit-freshman Luke Falk led the second series and was greeted by a pair of sacks from junior Destiny Vaeao and redshirt-sophomore Robert Barber early on. The offense got going as redshirt-freshman running back Gerard Wicks spun his way through a couple defenders for a first down before Falk connected with redshirt-junior wideout Tyler Baker and redshirt-senior wide receiver Kristoff Williams for first down completions. Vaeao continued to disrupt the offense with another sack and redshirt-freshman cornerback Sebastian LaRue followed with a pass breakup in the end zone. Falk closed the day with a short touchdown pass to Williams.
The Cougars will travel up to Spokane for the Crimson and Gray Game set for 1 p.m. Saturday at Joe Albi Stadium.