April 4, 2013
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PULLMAN, Wash. - Washington State football continued spring practice Thursday, working out in shorts, helmets and shoulder pads for just over two hours on Rogers Field and in Martin Stadium.
The Cougars worked through their usual practice segments of individual position drills, one-on-one battles, 7-vs-7, special teams that focused on the punt coverage/return teams, and closed the day with a team segment.
In the first team series, quarterback Connor Halliday completed his first couple passes to as he led the offense down the field on its first drive. Linebacker Tana Pritchard ended Halliday's hot start by timing a blitz perfectly, busting through the line and jumped up to knock down a Halliday pass. A couple plays later, defensive lineman Darryl Paulo and Lyman Faoliu both blew through the line and swarmed the running back as he received the handoff. Halliday answered with a short touchdown strike to Isiah Myers in the back of the end zone but the defense closed the drive by forcing Halliday to throw one away.
Quarterback Austin Apodaca led the offense during the second series. Linebacker Kache Palacio got the defense fired up with a pretty good pop on a running back who came out of the backfield trying to catch a swing pass. Later in the drive, wideouts Rickey Galvin and Brett Bartolone made two tough catches in traffic that brought some cheers from the offensive players. A couple plays later, Palacio got around a offensive lineman and came away with sack and defensive lineman Xavier Cooper followed on the next play by blowing up a run play, causing a big celebration from the defensive players. The defense closed the drive by forcing a couple incompletions.
Following the team segment, head coach Mike Leach put the offense against the defense in one final series from the 15 yard line. The defense made stops on the first two plays but Halliday gave the offense the win by rocketing a pass to a sliding Robert Lewis in the end zone for a score.
The Cougars continue spring drills Saturday with a scrimmage set for 1:15 p.m. in Martin Stadium.