Lost in all of the hoopla of Pac-12 Network launch day, the WSU football team went through another fall camp practice Wednesday morning. They claim the morning practice was to simulate a travel schedule, but I think it's obvious Mike Leach just wanted to watch the network launch like the rest of us.
The most interesting note of the day, at least to me, comes from Christian's story on the offensive line. Every year players say they are in the best shape of their lives. Bigger, stronger, faster, in better shape. It's the same drill every summer, expect this summer, it might be true. Take this quote from John Fullington:
"Last summer we barely ran at all," said junior left tackle John Fullington, the group's anchor. "It was all just lifting, and I think that definitely set us back. The first day of practice (this season) we came out, we pretty much flew through it, weren't that tired. We've been through some stuff together now and we're in way better shape. Come the fourth quarter, we're going to be fresh and going while other teams are probably more worn out."
Only time will tell if the change in philosophy from strength and size to more total conditioning will pay off, but the early returns appear to be positive.
More of the same on Day 13 - SportsLink - Spokesman.com - Aug. 15, 2012
FROM PULLMAN — We've written before about routine, and how that kind of feeling starts to set in during preseason camp. Well, that's how Wednesday's practice felt, with the exception being that it was held at 9:15 a.m. We were there, and have notes.
Cougars Fall Camp: Post-Practice Videos Aug. 15 - Washington State University Cougars
Check out interviews from this morning's practice. INSIDE COUGARS FOOTBALL VIDEOS
Mike Leach takes over Washington State football - NCAA - SI.com
PULLMAN, Wash. (AP) - Washington State has made some big changes, hiring a new coach and dramatically upgrading the stadium.
Cougs defensive players OK with being out of spotlight – for now - Washington State University - The Olympian - Olympia, Washington news, weather and sports
PULLMAN – Texas Tech led the nation in passing for six of the last eight years Mike Leach coached the Red Raiders, so it comes as no surprise that the offense has drawn most of the attention as Leach prepares for his first season at Washington State.
Cougars make former guard their center of focus - Spokesman.com - Aug. 16, 2012
PULLMAN – Washington State still hasn’t announced publicly who its starting quarterback will be this season. But the guy calling the shots for the group of men tasked with protecting that quarter- back – the starting center, or the "quarterback of the offensive line," as offensive line coach Clay McGuire calls it – appears well-established.
Countdown to Cougars Football with Tyree Toomer - The Washington State University Official Athletic Site
Are you excited to play in the new Martin Stadium? My teammates and I can't wait to play in the new Martin Stadium! It really feels like a big time stadium with the addition of the new press box and suites and I know it's going to be the loudest stadium in the Pac-12 because the whole Cougar Nation will be there every home game. If you thought Martin Stadium was difficult to play in before, THINK AGAIN!!