For the 3rd time this Spring, WSU took the field to prepare for the 2015 season. And, for the 1st time this Spring, WSU put on full pads and starting hitting each other.
Following practice, Leach commented saying that all of his packages were installed and that may have caused a little bit of a mental overload:
"We get the whole package installed within about 3 days. We do that so we can have the opportunity to duplicate it throughout spring. So, I mean, we're talking everything in 3 days. [Mental fatigue] is bound to happen. But we're ahead of schedule. We've really done some good things."
Jacob Thorpe of the Spokesman Review was at practice today and gave us some bullet points from what he witnessed. He talks about the offensive line from last season still being in tact this season, runs through some of the drills and scrimmages, what Grinch's new defense looks like so far, and talks about one, at least mostly, familiar name who had an impressive day yesterday...
[Clemson transfer Kyrin] Priester dropped a pass because he was leveled by David Bucannon, little brother of Deone. The younger Bucannon had one of his best practices I've seen, laying a couple big hits and generally making his presence felt. In fact, I'm pretty sure Priester dropped the pass before Bucannon's hit because he knew it was coming. Bucannon, a redshirt junior, hasn't played much for the Cougars but appears to be taking full advantage of the "clean slate" given by a new defensive coordinator.
It's a lot to live up to, and almost certainly an unfair thing to expect, but if David can start approaching the things that Deone did here, the Pac-12 is going to be in trouble.
You can read all of Thorpe's report from camp, plus video of Leach talking about practice and a report from Pullman talking about the returning offensive line, in the link section below.
WSU practice day three: Defense wins on the final play | The Spokesman-Review
While the offense appeared to have the upper hand for most of practice (more on that in a bit), the defense rallied around booming defensive line coach Joe Salave'a's cries of "fourth quarter!" and forced a tie of 23 points apiece with one play to go from just a couple yards away from the end zone.
Chatted a bit with Xavier Cooper at #Wazzu practice today. He said teams are telling him he grades as a late 1st to early 3rd round pick.— Jacob Thorpe (@JacobThorpeSR) April 1, 2015
Cougars Fall Short in 5-4 Loss at Gonzaga - Washington State University Official Athletic Site
Ian Sagdal collected a season-high four hits but it was not enough as Gonzaga used a three-run sixth inning to propel the Bulldogs to a 5-4 win over Washington State Tuesday.