The Cougars practiced for just over two hours in helmets and shoulder pads on Rogers Field Thursday. The rain held off until the final 20 minutes of practice when it really started to come down, making the post-practice media session a little fun.
Coach Mike Leach and the coaching staff continued to put the team through another up-tempo practice that saw all players received a good number of reps. There were a couple solid hits but nothing that stood out. Just as the defense won during most of Tuesday's practice, the offense settled in and turned in most of the highlights.
Early in the team session, the final segment of practice, Jeff Tuel connected with Dominique Williams for a score. While that play was happening, Max Hersey caught a long pass on the opposite field for a score. A couple plays later, Henry Eaddy also got behind the defense for a long touchdown catch. Tuel finished practice very well, spreading the ball to nearly every receiver from sideline to sideline, hitting Blair Bomber in stride for a score before finding Bobby Ratliff in traffic for another score. Marcus Mason capped his day with a long scoring run, sprinting past a couple defenders before they could get a hand on him.
The defense started the team session well with Deone Bucannon corralling a tipped pass for the INT. Damante Horton later made a great play, jumping a route to make the pick and keep his feet inbounds on the play. Tyree Toomer made the hit of the day, "de-cleating" Hersey as he came across the middle. There wasn't anything dirty about the play, Toomer made a great read on the ball and collided with Hersey as he came across for the catch, which he held on to and even flipped the ball back at Toomer after he got back up. Nice play by the freshman tight end who redshirted this past season.
WSU will practice Saturday at 10:10 a.m. The first hour or so is expected to be a practice before the team will head down to Martin Stadium for a scrimmage.
Check out the post-practice interviews with Coach Leach and Jeff Tuel by visiting INSIDE COUGAR FOOTBALL