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Our roundup from Lewiston as WSU's defense shines as training camp rolls on.

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When watching a football practice and one side looks really good, it can sometimes be hard to tell whether that unit is excelling... Or the other unit is just lacking.

But sometimes, it's clear. That was the case when the Cougs took the field in Lewiston for their fourth practice of the spring Tuesday afternoon. According to a lot of people who attended practice at Sacajawea Middle School: the defense was the shining start today.

"So far in camp, the defense has looked a little better," than the offense, writes Jacob Thorpe of the Spokesman Review, "and the gap widened on Tuesday." The defense dominated the team drill, winning 49-23. That result cause coach Leach to make his offense do 25 up-downs... And then 25 more.

"I thought, in team, I didn't think we matched the defense's intensity." Coach Leach told Matt Chazanow after practice. Another thing that will boost the defense down the line is the arrival of defensive back Charleston White, who missed the first three practices, but arrived today.

Now, it's worth noting that no players or coaches were made available to the (non-athletic department affiliated) media. While no official reason was given for this, many are assuming that it is related to this tweet from Loh on the status of Gabe Marks in practice Monday and the team's policy on not allowing reporters to report on injuries.

But... You can't keep a good journalist down. During practice today Loh and Thorpe both tweeted updates on the status of Marks... At the exact same time...

Nobody talked to the media yesterday, but they did talk to the official WSU website. That video is linked here.

Football

Highlights and observations from Lewiston | The Spokesman-Review
The Washington State defense had a stellar practice.

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Even before Luke Falk played in his first college game, the Washington State quarterback prepared every day as if he was the starter.

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The biggest reason for Washington State’s success last season, and the biggest reason the Cougars will be successful again in 2016, is Luke Falk.

Not Football

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Hawkinson had 26 points and 12 boards, while Iroegbu added 13 points and 10 assists.

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