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Fall camp day 6 roundup

Walk-on wide receiver John Thompson made headlines on Wednesday. That's right, the Georgetown basketball coach is playing for the Cougs now.

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It was an eventful Tuesday for WSU as we had a position switch and a walk-on wide receiver in the spotlight.

Quick notes:

  • After the offense dominated practice on Tuesday, things were closer to even on Wednesday. The defense controlled the early drills with the offense finding some rhythm near in 11-on-11.
  • The Isaac Dotson quarterback experiment appears to have come to an end. Dotson played QB in high school and signed with WSU as an athlete. He started camp at quarterback, but was wearing a white defensive jersey on Wednesday. Mike Leach said he will begin working with the safeties.
  • Rickey Galvin and Brett Bartolone, WSU's top two H wide receivers, got demoted to scout team with a freshman walk-on taking their place. That was likely Mike Leach's way of sending a message, we'll see if it's received.
  • Chester Su'a remains absent from practice and according to Christian Caple, it is not an academic related absence.

Blurb of the day:

It sounds like Tyler Bruggman is on his way to earning the No. 3 quarterback job and it doesn't sound like the coaching staff will hesitate to burn his redshirt.

Leach said freshmen Tyler Bruggman and Luke Falk are each "doing a lot of good things" through six days of camp, but he's not sure how that battle will shake out.

"I anticipate (Bruggman) traveling some," Leach said. "And then do we pull the redshirt off? Maybe not if we don't have to. It just depends on how things shape up. It's difficult to say. If he learns everything and it becomes automatic, if he can knock one of those guys off, then that's different."


Mike Leach really likes to say John Thompson, via Christian's story on the walk-on receiver.

"I thought he responded good; immediately went out and made plays," Leach said, further polishing the message he wanted to send to Bartolone and Galvin. "John Thompson, as it stands right now, may play ahead of either one of them, and they need to be aware of it. If you loaf around out here, John Thompson's going to be out there to play. And furthermore, John Thompson might just beat you out to begin with. We'll see how it all goes."

Tweet of the day:


WSU Athletics didn't upload any videos on Wednesday. Sad day.

Injury report:

Deone Bucannon once again participated early, but sat out team drills. Taylor Taliulu also sat out the team portion. With Paris Taylor also out, WSU is running out of safeties. No wonder Dotson moved to defense. Feddie Davey was on an exercise bike again.

Today's schedule:

We hit the one week mark of fall camp tomorrow when practice begins at 3 p.m. PT.

Football links:

Day 6: Defense wins (most of) the day - SportsLink - - Aug. 7, 2013
FROM LEWISTON — We're back in Pullman after the sixth day of Washington State preseason camp, and this one didn't go quite as smoothly for the offense. Details follow the jump.

Thompson gets chance, steps up for Cougars - - Aug. 7, 2013
LEWISTON – Once a youngster collecting autographs from Jason Hill and Michael Bumpus, John Thompson got a productive taste Wednesday of what it’s like to catch passes in Washington State’s offense.

Cougars Continue Preseason Camp - Washington State University Official Athletic Site
The Washington State University football team continued preseason camp with a two-hour workout in full pads Wednesday afternoon.

Lewis making big impression on Leach - Los Angeles Wave: Sports
It appears after just the first practice in full pads for the Washington State football team, that its high-powered passing attack is going to be reliant on the receiving skills of a number of City Section products.

Preseason position reviews: punter - Pac-12 Blog - ESPN
Washington State: Michael Bowlin averaged 41.9 yards per boot last year with 14 of 58 punts going over 50 yards.

Men's basketball:

WSU releases hoops schedule - SportsLink - - Aug. 7, 2013

Washington State released its 2013-14 men’s basketball schedule on Wednesday with the news that the Cougars will not play a game in KeyArena as they have every year since 2005.

Cougars Announce 2013-14 Men’s Basketball Schedule - Washington State University Official Athletic Site
Despite changes to its Pac-12 portion of the schedule to come, Washington State University men’s basketball’s 2013-14 schedule will feature 13 home contests at Beasley Coliseum, including six nonconference games, fifth-year head coach Ken Bone announced Tuesday.

Women's basketball:

Cougars Begin European Tour - Washington State University Official Athletic Site
The Washington State University women’s basketball team embarked Tuesday on a 10-day foreign trip to Austria, Slovakia and Czech Republic.

Women's soccer:

Cougar Soccer Begins Fall Practice - Washington State University Official Athletic Site
The Washington State soccer team is looking to leave its mark in history by reaching the NCAA Championship for the third-straight season.