Another ho-hum day at practice. Well, except for this:
WSU SlipNSlide 081710 (via WSUCougarAthletics)
Sometimes, it's good to have a little fun. Although, as Brian pointed out, for a team with an amazing history of unthinkably freakish injuries, the Cougs probably ought not to press their luck and do this again.
Before we get on to the practice links, I want to make sure you saw Craig's preview of the running backs. It sort of got buried with all the BYU stuff:
2010 WSU FOOTBALL PREVIEWS: Running Backs - CougCenter
Key Player: I'd love to be a super genius and predict one of the other backs to have a breakout season here, but really the most important player is James Montgomery. If he can come back and be his old self, carrying the ball 20 times a game on the way, he can really give this offense some stability. That stability can make game planning easier on the coaches and give our young quarterback a little more confidence. James Montgomery has the experience and size to do that; it really comes down to whether or not that knee holds up.
On to the rest of the links! Withers recaps the impromptu slip-and-slid event, Joe Nickell of the WSU Sports Information Department has his roundup of yesterday's practices, and WSU Football Blog's Longball has his nice take from a fan's perspective on practice from a couple of days ago.
Cougars | Washington State coach Paul Wulff rewards players with a little fun after practice | Seattle Times Newspaper
It was a sight. In one moment, 315-pound guard B.J. Guerra stalled a few feet from the end of the tarp and was overrun by 304-pound guard-tackle Wade Jacobson. There were races, and there were players trying to negotiate the distance standing up. Wulff splashed down, as did some of his assistant coaches.
Practice No. 13 Recap - First and Crimson
As far as practice went, the secondary was making plays all day long. I saw tipped passes from Nolan Washington, Anthony Carpenter, Chima Nwachukwu and Deone Bucannon. Linebacker C.J. Mizell also returned an interception for a touchdown and defensive end Kevin Kooyman recorded a sack. The offense also made some plays, the most impressive of which came from wide receiver Jeffrey Solomon, who caught a ball from Tuel, made two moves, and took it to the house.
Now, That's More Like It... - WSU Football Blog
There is one position where we absolutely needed some freshmen to step up and make and impact... wide receiver. Fortunately, coach Wulff and company anticipated this need and did an outstanding job of recruiting talented receivers who are ready to play. There is a pretty fierce competition going on amongst the newcomers to see who will emerge and so far, the leader of the pack appears to be Marquess Wilson. Wilson is a long, athletic receiver with great hands who has already turned in a number of highlight catches during camp. He appears to have all the tools to be a big time player, so lets just hope he stays healthy, works hard and continues to soak up all of coach Levy's wisdom like a sponge.
More video after the jump of Paul Wulff talking after practice.