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Looks like WSU has reached the dog days of camp

For the second consecutive day, things were a little ragged.

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It takes football teams a number of weeks to get themselves ready for the season. One of the biggest challenges for coaches is keeping it fresh when guys are practicing against the same people day after day.

Inevitably, after the initial adrenaline of the start of camp wears off, there are going to be days where things are just not as smooth as everyone would like. It looks like the Cougs have arrived at these dog days.

Wednesday, there was a bit of lethargy that had set in due to fatigue, leading to Mike Leach’s time-honored tradition of using up-downs to wake everyone up. Thursday, the intensity was back, but the play was still ragged.

Gardner Minshew, who seems to have taken the lead spot in the battle to be the Cougs’ starting quarterback, was just 5-for-15 with a couple of touchdowns and an interception during the team portion of practice, according to Theo Lawson’s practice report. Some of that was inaccuracy, some of that was on his receivers, some of that was pressure from the defense.

But the defense, for all of its effectiveness against the pass, gave up five TDs to Minshew’s unit.

It was competitive, but “out-of-sync,” as Leach put it.

That’s to be expected when the same guys are hitting each other and seeing the same plays for two straight weeks. Familiarity breeds sloppy practices.

A few other things caught my eye in the practice reports

  • Max Borghi continues to show why the Stanford Cardinal coveted him late in the recruiting process. That’s awesome.
  • I’m just going to paste this part from Lawson: “I omitted a Lamonte McDougle note from yesterday’s practice. During the offensive line vs. defensive line segement, the redshirt freshman nose tackle bowled over not one, but two offensive linemen before swiping the “towel” that acts as the target for defensive players in the drill. McDougle was a Freshman All-American at West Virginia last season and he’s sitting out this season because of transfer rules. We’ll go out on a limb and say he’ll be one of the best scout team players the Cougars have had in some time…”
  • The punters and kickers seem to be even. I’d guess those competitions will probably go all the way to the end of camp, since there’s really no reason to make an early decision.

The Cougs will have a walk-through practice on Friday before their second scrimmage, on Saturday.

Basketball gets a new-ish assistant

One little piece of basketball news: Ernie Kent has promoted Tim Marrion to assistant coach, filling the vacancy left by Curtis Allen’s departure for Pepperdine. Marrion was the coordinator of basketball operations.

I have no idea if this improves the staff, but I have it on excellent authority that Marrion is a really good dude. Thus, I’m happy for him!

I’ll also be honest: I had no idea Allen’s spot hadn’t been filled. But I digress.

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