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Fall camp Day 8 roundup

A roundup of what Christian called probably the "least-eventful" practice yet. With a teaser like that, how could you possibly not read on.


It's August 10, which is the day WSU will hold its ninth fall practice, but also the date I started writing this morning link post two years ago. It was supposed to just be a fall camp thing, then a couple times a week thing, but somehow turned into a 731 straight days thing (thanks for nothing leap year).

I don't know if there is a Guinness record for the most consecutive days with a blog post, but there should be. There will be some changes to the HCA in the near future, but fear not, we will continue to roll on our way to three straight years.

Now, onto Saturday's practice.

Quick notes:

  • It was an uneventful practice according to Christian. Uneventful isn't necessarily a bad thing at this stage, because it means no injuries or other issues.
  • Gabe Marks is still really good.
  • If it isn't already set, Daquawn Brown continues to make a strong case to play as a true freshman.

Blurb of the day:

Via Christian's post-practice blog:

This was probably WSU's least-eventful practice to date. There weren't any position changes. There weren't any promotions or demotions. No new injuries or absences to report. I ate a Subway sandwich.

Bonus blurb of the day:

Via Christian's story on leadership:

That's when Monroe addressed the team.

"He stood up and said, ‘Hey, we're a family, we're brothers. It's OK to fight, but leave it on the field,'" recalled senior center Elliott Bosch. "Because when we brought it up, there were guys still arguing and stuff. A year ago, no one would have spoken up. Everyone would have just been arguing with each other."

Therein lies one of the biggest differences between the Cougars in Year 2 of the Mike Leach era and the Cougars last season, when dissention and resistance reigned: There seems to be more consistent leadership coming from the players, instead of coaches being forced to set the tone.


Former WSU offensive linemen Jake Rodgers on WSU compared to Eastern, via the Spokesman:

"I feel like there's more of an emphasis (at Eastern) on not necessarily doing a ton of work just to do it, but there's a lot of focus on doing it right and getting in a ton of quality reps," Rodgers said. "The coaches are all on the same page, and understand what the ultimate goal is and how to get there as a team."

Injury report:

Take it away Christian:

Limited players: S Bennett Bontemps (walking boot), WR Tyler Baker, S Paris Taylor, DB Michael Fields, LB Austin Rapp, RB Theron west, LB Feddie Davey. LB Chester Su'a, S Darius Lemora and OL Matt Meyer were absent.

Tweet of the day:

Warning NSFW!

Bonus tweet of the day:



A cool look at new linebacker coach Ken Wilson in action from WSU Athletics.

Today's schedule:

WSU will be back on the field at 3 p.m.

Football links:

Consistent leadership marks 2013 Cougars - - Aug. 9, 2013
LEWISTON – Darryl Monroe’s credibility as an orator has already landed him regularly in front of TV cameras and in the ears of his teammates, and it is in these ways the sophomore linebacker continues to establish himself as one of Washington State’s most outspoken leaders.

Day 8 in the books for WSU - SportsLink - - Aug. 9, 2013
FROM LEWISTON — Temperatures threatened to reach 100 degrees here today, but a nice cloud cover rolled in and it was relatively pleasant by the time Washington State wrapped up its eighth practice of camp. We have a few notes and details after the jump.

Cougars Continue Preseason Camp, Day 8 - Washington State University Official Athletic Site
The Washington State University football team continued preseason camp with a two-hour workout in helmets and shoulder pads Friday afternoon. Members of the 1962-63 WSU football teams were on hand to take in some of practice and talk to head coach Mike Leach.

Pac-12: Team-by-team preview -
6. Washington State: Technically speaking, yes, Mike Leach's first season in Pullman could have gone worse; the Cougars could have not rallied for their incredible overtime victory in the Apple Cup, and finished 2-10 (and 0-9 in the Pac-12) instead of 3-9, 1-8.

LEWISTON, Idaho: Washington State receivers are standing out | WSU Cougars | The Bellingham Herald
LEWISTON, IDAHO — Coach Mike Leach's celebrated Air Raid offense is rolling in high gear.