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WSU FALL CAMP: Day 5 1/2 Roundup

A little late on the links this morning, but that does afford us an opportunity. The reason it's called the Day 5 1/2 Roundup is because the Cougs already have one practice in the books today, with another coming up at 3:30 p.m. That let's us lead off with Grippi's report from today.

Here are the relevant reports:

First practice over for WSU - SportsLink - - Aug. 13, 2010
The Cougars scrimmaged the final 25 minutes of the hour and 20 minute practice, with the offense getting the better of it. In the first 1 vs. 1 matchup, Tuel connected with Daniel Blackledge for 13 yards and Chantz Staden for another 7. The defense stiffened, however, and Tyree Toomer knocked down a third-down pass intended for Gino Simone.

WSU's Montgomery progressing - SportsLink - - Aug. 12, 2010
No matter what the emphasis Thursday, the defense seemed to have the upper hand. It started early when Mike Ledgerwood tipped a Jeff Tuel pass into the air and Myron Beck came up with an interception before outrunning the offensive players to the end zone. Casey Locker later picked off a David Gilbertson pass in a red zone drill and, when it came time to practice blitzes, the No. 1 defense went through its session without giving up a yard.

FOOTBALL: Practice No. 5 Recap - First and Crimson
In the first full-contact scrimmage of the season, linebackers Mike Ledgerwood and Myron Beck kicked things off in the defense's favor. On the first play, Ledgerwood tipped a pass, which was hauled in by Beck and taken in for a touchdown. Coach Sears was elated, yelling, "Way to set the tempo!" On the next play, Alex Hoffman-Ellis made his presence known, making his first full-pads tackle of the season. Redshirt freshman cornerback Nolan Washington is also making a name for himself early in camp. He has been breaking up passes in skelly, scrimmage and drills, and today was no different. DAY 5: Full contact brings big hits, volume
One gets the impression that new special teams and running backs coach Dave Ungerer tends to get fairly jacked up about the rising and setting of the sun. Judging from the volume of his voice, the New Jersey native might lead the Pac-10 in lung capacity. Under the radar no more: David Gonzales
TO SAY DAVID Gonzales has quietly risen to prominence in Washington State’s 2010 football outlook is a bit of an overstatement. After all, it’s hard to be conspicuous when you’re 6-6 and 275 pounds. But there is no disputing the facts. Over the last five months, the JC transfer has gone from being viewed as a possible redshirt to holding down the most critical position on the offensive line. PHOTO ESSAY: Washington State, up close
PULLMAN -- As Washington State approaches its season opener –– just 23 days from now –– the viewfinder on the CF.C lens focuses in on Cougars Jeff Tuel, Kristoff Williams, Myron Beck, Zack Williams, Rickey Galvin, Lucas Sealby, James Montgomery, Toni Pole, Connor Halliday, Damante Horton, Marshall Lobbestael, Brandon Golden, Isiah Barton, Wade Jacobson, Paul Wulff and more.

Ranking the Pac-10 quarterbacks - Pac-10 Blog - ESPN
7. Jeff Tuel, Washington State: Tuel's first career action as a true freshman? At USC. His first start? At Oregon. Welcome to college football. Tuel started five games before a knee injury ended his season, but he still -- with little talent around him and terrible pass protection -- completed 58.7 percent of his passes with six touchdowns. In other words, he produced.

Video of Paul Wulff's meeting with reporters after yesterday's practice after the jump.