The Washington State Cougars are now one-fifteenth the way through their spring practices after yesterday’s opener, and it probably won’t shock you to learn that not a whole heck of a lot came out of it, news wise — coach Mike Leach said “it was a good first day,” which I’m fairly certain every coach says after the first day.
As far as positions to watch, Cougfan’s Braden Johnson reports ...
- Anthony Gordon took the first quarterback snaps with the first team, then Trey Tinsley took the second snaps with the first team. Cammon Cooper occasionally stepped in there, too, while John Bledsoe and early enrollee Gunner Cruz were with the scout teamers.
- Redshirt freshmen Jarrett Kingston and Cade Beresford got the first looks at Andre Dillard’s old left tackle spot.
- Misiona Aiolupotea-Pei was on the starting defensive line in place of Logan Tago.
Spring practice also is a time where dudes sit out for all kinds of reasons. Here’s a quick rundown of notable non-participants:
- Inside receiver Jamir Calvin was seen on a knee scooter on the sidelines ($).
- Outside receiver Dezmon Patmon participated in a limited fashion.
- It appears defensive ends Derek Moore and Hunter Mattox are no longer with the team.
- And, of course, grad transfer quarterback Gage Gubrud isn’t participating because of a lower leg injury suffered last month during “Midnight Maneuvers.”
Johnson reports that the DBs had a noteworthy day, which you can either interpret as awesome because they’re mostly newcomers or terrible because the quarterbacks looking to replace Gardner Minshew II were throwing interceptions. Ah, the magic of spring practice!
With that, let’s get to some visuals. Here’s the inaugural spring pep talk:
Spring Ball has begun! #GoCougs pic.twitter.com/gIU2CybWoo— Washington State Football (@WSUCougarFB) March 21, 2019
And some pretty photos:
Football is BAAACCCKKKK on the Palouse— Washington State Athletics (@WSUCougars) March 22, 2019
Less than a month until the spring game! #GoCougs | #CVE pic.twitter.com/I6kmweTzCa
Great to be back!#GoCougs | #SpringBall pic.twitter.com/ByJgPUoxf1— Washington State Football (@WSUCougarFB) March 22, 2019
And, finally, post-practice interviews. Even if you’re not all that interested in what Leach has to say, there are highlights of practice mixed in, which is the only place you’re going to find those:
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