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The day before Portland State

It won't be long until WSU plays its Pullman opener, but until then a couple of true freshman are impressing.

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This week marks a couple of firsts for Washington State. It will be the first time the team plays a true home game and it will also be the first time the team plays on a Saturday. The latter means the Cougars finally got on a typical schedule so the Thursday night football scout team scrimmage actually happened on a Thursday night.

Those scout team scrimmages can be a sign of things to come with redshirting freshman and other players down the depth chart getting most of the work. Barry Ware, who just joined the team this week, took part in his first Thursday scrimmage and he looked good according to Jacob Thorpe of the Spokesman Review:

Ware has been on campus for less than a week and today was his first time putting on full pads, but it's taken very little time for the 6-foot-2, 213 pound freshman receiver to show why he had a scholarship offer from the Cougars, as well as schools such as Fresno State, UCLA and Utah.

He had a 40-yard catch over Marcellus Pippins on a pass from Peyton Bender, in which he used his body to knock the cornerback backwards before leaping up to snag the ball. Was it offensive pass interference? Yeah, probably, but you've got to like the early aggressiveness from the receiver.

Of the redshirting freshman, Ware may be in line for the most playing time next season so it's good to see him acclimating well. He's a natural fit at the X receiver spot where WSU will lose Vince Mayle after this season. Dom Williams will still be around for one more season, but Ware could certainly work his way into the two-deep and play a lot of snaps next year.

Clay McGuire also had good things to say.

"Yeah, you know coming out here for maybe the first padded practice I think, he did really well," Clay McGuire said, via Thorpe. "Caught a couple balls and obviously showed flashes of why everybody wanted him."

Thursday Night Football was a success. Now, WSU just needs Saturday Night Football to go well.

Football:

A new pair of Thursday stars - SportsLink - Spokesman.com - Sept. 11, 2014
Last season Thursday nights were the Morrow and Wick Show starring a pair of redshirting running backs who were mostly hidden on scout team during the week but who spent one night each week showing off stunning glimpses of talent that foreshadowed a long and productive career. One year later Jamal Morrow and Gerard Wicks are atop the WSU depth chart, quickly making good on all that promise.

WSU's next opponent - Portland State - still looking for win against Pac-12 - Spokesman.com - Sept. 11, 2014
PULLMAN – Portland State can’t lose at Martin Stadium on Saturday, but it sure would like a win.

Washington State coach Mike Leach says his 0-2 team lacks focus during games - Daily Journal
Washington — Washington State coach Mike Leach thinks the Cougars' 0-2 start this season is partially tied to a lack of focus during games.

Pac-12 picks, week 3 | Pac-12 Confidential | Seattle Times
Portland State (no line) at Washington State — If the Cougars were desperate last week, how do you describe this week? WSU 35, Portland State 17.

Cougar football kicks off on home turf Saturday in Pullman - WSU News Washington State University
Two weeks into the season, the Washington State Cougars football team will play its first 2014 game on the turf of Martin Stadium beginning at 5 p.m. this Saturday against the Vikings of Portland State University.

Washington State needs to use its running game if it wants to win games | Dr. Saturday - Yahoo Sports
Is it time to throw the towel in on Washington State’s season? After losing their first two games to Rutgers and Nevada, the Cougars face an uphill battle in the quest to go to back-to-back bowl games, especially in a Pac-12 Conference that appears to be surging right now.