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Offense shines as camp returns to Pullman

The offense had a big day during WSU's fall camp Tuesday. The defense? Well... They ran and ran and ran and...

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For the 1st time this offseason the Cougars practiced in Pullman and the offense seemed to like their new (permanent) surroundings. Every piece seemed to be clicking. The quarterbacks were locked in, connecting on every pass thrown during the first part of skeleton according to Jacob Thorpe. The receivers made numerous one-handed and diving catches to march down the field in team drills. Even the newest officially eligible Cougar Kyrin Priester made waves by making a great toe-tapping play on the sideline.

It was a good day for the offense... Which means that it was probably a bad day for the defense. And how did new defensive coordinator Alex Grinch remedy this lackluster day? Good ole' fashioned conditioning punishment.

"Grinch had the defenders sprint 40-yards back and forth across the field," explains Thrope. "After the eighth trip, he made the defensive line turn around and run again because he didn't think they were hustling. All told, the defensive players ran 480 yards, or a little more than a quarter mile."

Ah... Classic football "suicide" punishment... It really brings me back to when I played football. Well... When I was on the football team and mostly stood on the sideline. Good times.

With the September 5th kickoff moving closer and closer, the Cougs will return to the practice field on Wednesday at 3:30.


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