Aug. 7, 2012
PULLMAN, Wash. - Washington State University mixed things up with a live scrimmage in Martin Stadium at the end of Tuesday afternoon's practice.
The Cougars worked out in full pads for the first hour or so on Rogers practice field, holding individual position drills and a team segment before moving down into the stadium. WSU then worked through some 7-vs.-7 before working through field goals and punt coverage.
Washington State worked through about 10 minutes of basic 11-vs.-11 with the defense only allowed to "thud" the ball carrier before head coach Mike Leach called for a "live" scrimmage with tackling.
Starting from the defense's 30, quarterback Jeff Tuel found freshman wide out Gabe Marks in traffic for a nice gain to put the offense inside the 10 yard line. The next play saw running back Leon Brooks punch it into the end zone on the left side. The next series saw Tuel connect with a couple receivers to once again get the offense inside the 10. On the next play, running back Theron West was upended as he tried to dive over the pile and the ball popped out and defensive lineman Xavier Cooper came away with the fumble recovery. The goal line stop and the forced turnover brought a big celebration from both the defense and defensive coaches.
The day ended a couple plays later after kicker Andrew Furney connected on a 39-yard field goal.
The Cougars continue fall camp Wednesday at 2:45 p.m.