For the first time since the start of fall camp, rain drops hit the new turf on Rogers Field. It wasn't pouring by any means, but it came down enough to where I needed to pull out my new waterproof pens and paper, courtesy of Mrs. Enyeart.
It was the first true practice of game week, as yesterday's late session was primarily a walk-thru. Players on both sides of the field were making plays. On offense, freshman wide receiver Marquess Wilson continued what has been a highly-publicized and impressive fall camp, making a couple nice grabs. Sophomore receiver Gino Simone, who missed some time, looks game-ready, as he also had a couple impressive catches.
Defensively, senior linebacker Hallston Higgins and redshirt freshman safety Casey Locker had some big hits (Locker's reminded me of Eric Block's big hit last year against Stanford in the season opener), and redshirt sophomore cornerback Daniel Simmons had an acrobatic interception in a coverage drill.
Redshirt junior cornerback Aire Justin was a full participant in practice, and redshirt freshman Nolan Washington also made it through a full practice. Both are good signs headed into the season opener.
My favorite part of the day was when Kenny Alfred showed up. The former Cougar center, and one of my absolute all-time favorites, was on crutches after having another hip surgery. The hip forced him to hang up his cleats for good, but he is looking forward to his next stage in life. Whatever he decides to do, he is going to be successful. I have no doubt in my mind.
The Cougars hit the field again tomorrow at 4 p.m., and I will be back in the morning/early afternoon with links. If you missed the radio show tonight, WSU Football Blog will recap, and I will share the link with you in the morning.