Fall camp Day 3 roundup

William Mancebo

WSU continued fall practice on Sunday and a freshman wide receiver is making a push for playing time.

The first weekend of fall camp is in the books, roughly 20 practices remain before the team will depart for Auburn. Let's catch up on the Day 3 happenings.

Quick notes:

  • The Cougars wore shoulder pads for the first time this fall and that led to a little bit of chippiness.
  • Tana Pritchard intercepted a Connor Halliday pass on Sunday and has now picked off at least one pass in all three practices. He's the Damante Horton of linebackers.
  • River Cracraft continues to impress, with Halliday saying he is contending for a starting spot. Cracraft has also earned praise from Mike Leach and Austin Apodaca. He's currently lining up at Y receiver along with Bobby Ratliff and Robert Lewis. If Cracraft earns playing time, Lewis could be headed for a redshirt season.

Blurb of the day:

From Christian's feature on Cracraft.

Even his name sounds smooth, and there is meaning behind it: Cracraft's grandfather is from Scotland, where he lived near the River Clyde. And so River Clyde Cracraft (pronounced CRAY-craft) passes along that bit of heritage with every roster that prints his name, and to every observer - and there have been several - who notes just how easily that name rolls off the tongue.

Injury report:

According to Christian, Chester Su'a Matt Meyer and Paulo Lepua were not in attendance while Rahmel Dockery, Tyler Baker, Paris Taylor and Darius Lemora were back on exercise bikes.

Taylor's continued absence is somewhat troubling as he opened spring No. 2 on the depth chart and WSU isn't exactly overloaded with depth at safety.

Quotable:

"Deone Bucannon is flying around on defense. He's gotten a lot bigger, I don't know if you guys saw him but he's looking like a freak out there." -- Apodaca

Tweet of the day:

Videos:

Today's videos from WSU Athletics feature backup quarterback Apodaca and defensive tackle Ioane Gauta.

Today's schedule:

The Cougars will continue practice on Monday at 3 p.m. with another session of shoulder pads and helmets.

Links:

Cougars Practice in Helmets and Shoulder Pads on Day 3 - Washington State University Official Athletic Site
The Washington State University football team practiced in helmets and shoulder pads for the first time during preseason camp, working out for two hours Sunday afternoon.

WSU receiver Cracraft making smooth transiton into college game - Spokesman.com - Aug. 5, 2013
LEWISTON – For those keeping score, behold – just three days into Washington State’s preseason camp, two Cougar quarterbacks have already endorsed the idea of playing time for a freshman receiver.

Notes, quotes and such from Day 3 of WSU camp - SportsLink - Spokesman.com - Aug. 4, 2013
FROM LEWISTON — The first practice in pads — just shoulder pads — is over for Washington State, and we have our usual array of notes and observations below.

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