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Practice no. 1 in the books for Washington State

WSU football Coug Center Jack Ellis, CougCenter

Good morning Coug fans, and welcome to the 2021 college football season. Cross your fingers this season goes off without a hitch, unlike last year. Our Washington State Cougars—most of them, at least—took to the practice field yesterday for the first day of fall camp. So long Lewiston, Idaho, hello Pullman, Wash.

As far as first days go, it doesn’t seem like this one was too different from your normal first days of practice. The roster has ballooned, thanks to the extra year given to last year’s participants.

Speaking of participants, two players who we assume will have key roles this season were not practicing. Deon McIntosh and C.J. Moore were late getting to practice, so they were turned back. I don’t know if it was just a case of the dilly dallying, or if they woke up late. If it’s the latter, I’m happy to provide my dog as an alarm clock, seeing as my dog likes to wake me up about 45 minutes before I’m supposed to. It’s no coincidence that I’m never late.

Anyway, some players caught passes, others threw them, and it’s really a fool’s errand to try and figure anything out on day one, especially when the team isn’t even in pads.

But we did get to hear from Nick Rolovich and a few players post-practice, so let’s hear what they had to say:

Nick Rolovich

One random takeaway: Rolo highlighted the team’s unity. It’s real easy for a team that is still so new to a coach to have some fractures, and given what has transpired the last few weeks, it’s even easier. Let’s hope the team truly is united and plays like it.

Jayden de Laura

One random takeaway: This is the first time we’ve heard from de Laura, as freshman don’t do media in Rolo’s regime. Given his offseason suspension and banning from spring football, it’s nice to hear him say all the right things. He mentioned he was trying to get rid of some unhealthy weight. Note to Jayden: That is a lifelong endeaver. Good luck.

Max Borghi

One random takeaway: Borghi seems excited for the new offense and being a senior. Also, I wouldn’t want to be stiff-armed by those guns, would you?

Jahad Woods

One random takeaway: Both Rolovich and Woods singled out linebacker and true freshman Francisco Mauigoa, the younger brother of former Coug Frederick Mauigoa. Now is the time of year when we hear about true freshman who could play right away, and we’ll see if Mauigoa is one of them.


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