The Cougars practiced at Rogers Field in helmets and shorts for two and a half hours Saturday. Head Coach Mike Leach and his coaching staff continued to work the Cougs through a fast-paced up-tempo practice.
There were a number of individual segments that allowed each position coach to teach the new terminology. There were segments that focused on on-on-one matchups between the receivers and defensive backs and later went 7-vs.-7 while the linemen squared off in the opposite end of the complex.
There were a couple extra minutes put into special teams today, with the focus on punt and kickoff coverage. New kicker Michael Bowlin punted the ball very well in his first outing as a Coug to impress the attending fans and media members. Special Teams coordinator Eric Russell also put the team through some kickoff coverage drills.
Once again, the highlight of the practice was the team segment held at the end of the day. Both sides of the ball turned a couple nice plays as Tyree Toomer and Chester Su'a each picked off passes. Su'a's INT came towards the end of practice as he jumped an inside route to make the pick from his left outside linebacker position. On the offensive side of the ball, Blair Bomber had a number of catches in space and broke off some big runs. Towards the end of the day, Jeff Tuel connected with Marquess Wilson over the middle for a long score. Wilson, along with newcomer Hawaii transfer Drew Loftus made a couple nice catches throughout the day.
Coach Leach was very happy with the second day of practice. He said he implemented another third of the offense today and is looking forward to putting pads on next week.
The Cougars are expected to put on shoulder pads for their next practice, Tuesday at 3:10 p.m. at Rogers Field.