If you were in Pullman, and you heard the Martin Stadium speakers blaring, that was for the football team. To keep things lighter during pre-practice drills and stretching, the Cougars now have a little music to pump them up. Redshirt senior Zach Enyeart said that this morning the team was a little sluggish, and all of a sudden the music came on, and everyone woke up. I don't get a vote, but if I did, it would be for some melodies from Maynard James Keenan. There's nothing like a little Forty Six & 2 to start your day - or your practice.
More from practice after the jump...
It was pretty hot out on Rogers Field this afternoon, but it was a good practice for WSU. Not a lot to talk about for the majority, but the Cougars went into some situational stuff toward the end.
For instance, the coaching staff put the offense at its own 1-yard line and forced them to get a first down. On the first play of the drill, redshirt senior defensive end Kevin Kooyman thought he had a safety. Au contraire, Mr. Kooyman; Josh Pietz has the official ruling, and he said redshirt junior running back Logwone Mitz made it out. Mitz picked up a first down on his second carry.
The twos lined up next for the same drill, and sophomore running back Carl Winston got the Cougars out of jail with a couple big gains.
The ones went back out, and redshirt junior defensive tackle Brandon Rankin made sure the first-string defense got the safety this time, making the tackle in the back of the end zone. Freshman running back Rickey Galvin ended the drill for the second unit, picking up a first down.
The Cougars then went to the other end of the field and worked on a one-minute drill (it could have been a little longer, but I'm pretty sure Coach Rasmussen was counting down from 60). Sophomore quarterback Jeff Tuel completed 4-of-6 before launching a Hail Mary that freshman wide receiver Marquess Wilson nearly caught. The drive was stalled when Rankin recorded a sack. The second-team defense also kept the second-team offense from scoring.
The Cougars went back toward the end zone for the final drill, calling it fourth and goal from the five. Tuel hit senior wide receiver Daniel Blackledge for the touchdown, and that was pretty much it for practice.
There was some bad news on the injury front, as redshirt freshman defensive lineman Jordan Pu'u-Robinson has a torn ACL, and will miss the season.
If you're looking for more, check out Vince Grippi's blog for a recap from the MORNING SESSION.
What did Coach Wulff think of today's practice? Check the video below to find out:
Tomorrow is a day off for WSU - the first of Fall Camp. We will be back in the morning with links, but that will probably be it until Tuesday.