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Washington State opens preseason camp with USC transfer Trey Davis

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The first practice of any season doesn’t tend to offer too many surprises, but that changed this year when Trey Davis, a true freshman defensive back from Federal Way, stepped onto the field for the Cougs.

Davis, a three-star recruit who enrolled early at USC before entering the transfer portal last month, was recruited by WSU and apparently has a family connection to Pullman, according to Theo Lawson of The Spokesman-Review, via

According to, Davis has family ties to Pullman, which could explain his sudden move to the Palouse. Davis missed the majority of his senior season at Federal Way due to a injury but managed to earn PrepStar All-Western Region honors. As a junior, he recorded 30 tackles and eight for loss.

Lawson also reported that Davis is a walk-on who will have to earn a scholarship. He’s likely headed for a redshirt season, but anytime you can grab a kid who USC wanted, that’s a positive. Plus, it never hurts to add some depth at the DB position.

The Davis news was the main nugget from the first day of practices. The Cougs went with just helmets and shorts, per NCAA rules, and will head to Lewiston today to begin their annual field trip at Sacajawea Middle School. It’s going to be near triple digits in Lewiston early next week, in case you were planning on heading out to watch.

OK, we’ve told you the good news. Now some bad news.

CougFan’s Jackson Gardner reported that Jamire Calvin is still in a walking boot, just like he was during spring practices:

Here’s to hoping Calvin can recover soon and get back on the field. The wide receiver position definitely has some depth, but Calvin’s experience is surely needed.

Here’s to also hoping Haangana isn’t out for an extended period of time.

As for Bledsoe? He’s on crutches:

Just like he did last year, Mike Leach gave the majority of reps to two quarterbacks yesterday and will rotate that format throughout preseason practices. Yesterday, it was Gage Gubrud and Trey Tinsley getting the first team snaps. Today, Anthony Gordon should slot in with the first team.

Various reports from practice, including Leach’s comments below, say the quarterbacks had an up and down day. Better now than in three weeks!

Here are your video highlights with Leach’s media scrum, courtesy of WSU Athletics:

More video interviews:


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