The Washington State football team has already completed two fall camp practices, but things will look — and especially sound — a little different on Monday when the players practice in shoulder pads for the first time.
There is always something about the start of padded practices that signals football season is really just around the corner. This fall camp will look slightly different when it comes to pads. While the Cougars will wear shoulder pads for the first time in camp, they won’t be in full pads.
Earlier this summer, the NCAA adopted new regulations. Full pads cannot be worn until the sixth practice of fall camp. That means the Cougs will be in shoulder pads, helmets and spider pads the next three practices.
The Cougars will also only don full pads for eight practices this fall, a reduction from 21 practices in previous fall camps. That includes two scrimmages.
You also won’t hear pads popping during any Oklahoma drills on Rogers Field this year. Those drills were banned in the new NCAA regulations.
It will look a little different this year, but it continues to look more like football season every day.
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