Washington State continued its fall camp with a two-hour workout in shoulder pads and helmets on Rogers Field Wednesday afternoon. Tons of energy throughout the day on both fields.
It was a defensive day as the Cougars worked through some individual drills before going through special teams drills that focused on kickoff coverage and returns.
In 7-vs.-7, Matthew Simmons was the first to tally a turnover, picking off a pass before freshman Taylor Taliulu picked off Connor Halliday on the west field. Minutes later, linebacker Eric Oertel recorded an interception off of a deflected pass and safety Mitchell Peterson later picked up an INT of his own with a diving grab on the east field.
It was more of the same in 11-vs.-11 as the defense opened the segment with a "sack." Tyrone Duckett later caused a turnover by forcing a fumble before head coach Mike Leach dialed up the intensity a little more at the end of the day.
Leach placed the ball at the three yard line and decided the two sides would square off in a best of three plays. The first play saw Jeff Tuel connect with freshman Brett Bartolone for a score but the defense rebounded with a "sack" by Travis Long and a pass breakup in the end zone to clinch the win. The offense did a couple up-downs for losing.
The Cougars continue fall camp Thursday at 2:45 p.m.