Good morning! If you can believe it, there’s only one more Saturday after this one without Washington State Cougars football. As I’ve mentioned on our podcast, this always brings about mixed emotions for me, as the beginning of football season also signals the inevitable end of my summer break. Alas.
The Cougs will hold their second scrimmage today at 2 p.m. PT in Martin Stadium following a truncated practice yesterday. Gage Gubrud and Anthony Gordon once again got all the meaningful reps on Friday, further solidifying that this is a two-man race now — despite Mike Leach’s continued insistence that he has three guys in the running.
For once, the QBs may not have been the most noteworthy part of #WSU practice. But here’s the daily update: Anthony Gordon completed 8-of-11 for 4 TDs & Gage Gubrud was 7-of-11 w/ 1 TD.— Theo Lawson (@TheoLawson_SR) August 17, 2019
Leach didn’t blink when I asked if the QBs were making it hard to determine a starter. pic.twitter.com/9JBYaXR3ZU
Both players had their moments, according to the Spokesman-Review’s Theo Lawson, who noted that Gordon was a little better at finishing drives. However, Gubrud’s one TD was eye-popping:
That was Brandon Arconado on the other end of that throw, by the way. With Jamire Calvin still sidelined, the redshirt senior (and former walk-on) is in line for the first extended snaps of his career at Y.
“Hard Knocks” has descended on #WSU. Sounds like a deal still hasn’t been finalized, but all signs are pointing to the HBO program featuring the Cougars this fall. pic.twitter.com/Lfv29xqDlT— Theo Lawson (@TheoLawson_SR) August 17, 2019
Mike Leach on HBO’s presence at #WSU practice this afternoon:— Theo Lawson (@TheoLawson_SR) August 17, 2019
Leach would advise his team to “practice ignoring the cameras, because they want a genuine look and we’re not going to get our work done unless we effectively ignore one another.” pic.twitter.com/NRP7yc3FHw
Also worth noting: This was the point last year at which it was becoming clear that Gardner Minshew was taking the lead. This race seems tighter than that one, to be honest.
Videos of post-practice interviews are below, but the best quote of the day — from Abe Lucas — needs to be shared now:
#WSU LT Abe Lucas on the diet that helped him gain 70 lbs. last offseason. This is good...— Theo Lawson (@TheoLawson_SR) August 17, 2019
“Anything pasta-related is pretty good. I’m kind of a sucker for fat foods. Earlier today I was loooking up at the sky & the clouds & I said they kind of look like scalloped potatoes.” pic.twitter.com/yznuSux0au
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Mike Leach ... laughs?
Yogi Roth made his way to Pullman for what appears to have been a media training session for players. That’s not what was interesting. When you get to the end, you’ll see something you might never have seen before:
Practice report from Day 13 of Washington State preseason camp: HBO cameras descend on Martin Stadium | The Spokesman-Review
A daily fall practice update from The Spokesman-Review’s Washington State beat writer, Theo Lawson (@TheoLawson_SR). We set the scene, list the day’s important notes, highlight one big play, pick the standouts and slip-ups, track the quarterback race and dissect one talking point from post-practice interviews.
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