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Cougs add pads for first time this spring

The pads were popping for the first time this spring on Rogers Field and Martin Stadium

James Snook-USA TODAY Sports

For the Washington State Cougars, it was their 3rd practice of the spring, but their 1st in full pads... Well, half the team was in full pads...

The defense suited up, but the offense elected to use shoulder pads and shorts. That didn't stop the defense from hitting the ball carriers, however:

One of the biggest notes from practice was that more young players got their chances with the first and second teams. Jacob Thorpe writes that one of the most noticeable newcomers is a giant freshman offensive lineman

Cedric Bigge-Duren, a fully-grown freshman at 6-foot-6, 320-pounds saw time during drills running with the first team offensive line at both left tackle and left guard, sometimes sliding between one position and the other immediately following a play.  While I still think Andre Dillard and Cody O'Connell are the presumptive starters at left tackle and left guard, respectively, it appears they're grooming Bigge-Duren to be able to back up either position.

Stephanie Loh notes that there appears to ba a couple position changes on the defensive side of the ball. Both Kirkland Parker and Charlston White, who were corners last season, are getting reps elsewhere in the backfield. Parker was with the safeties yesterday, while Parker worked with the nickelbacks. Apparently, Alex Grinch wasn't so happy with his defensive unit, making them run sprints after team drills at the end of practice.

The Cougs will return to the field on Thursday for spring practice number 4.


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