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Of course, the QB competition will be front and center.

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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:

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:

And some pretty photos:

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:

SPRING DAY 1: Coug Anthony Gordon more vocal, with plenty of zip - Cougfan.com
January DB enrollees snag three of the four interceptions on the day

Washington State football opens spring practice with chance for new leaders to step up | The Spokesman-Review
Washington State teammates who enjoyed that show last season realize they are going to have to be the show this year.

For Cougs, spring might not settle much at QB | Sports | lmtribune.com
At certain other positions, the narratives will be strikingly new. At quarterback, 2019 spring football drills at Washington State will seem oddly familiar.

NEW WSU SPRING ROSTER: Big gainers, additions and departures - Cougfan.com
Rising offensive tackle the biggest gainer during winter workouts

Basketball Coaching Search Speculation

Does WSU president Kirk Schulz read CougCenter’s advice on the coaching search? Evidence points to yes ...

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Robbie Cowgill: Ben Johnson can return WSU to Pack-Line success - Cougfan.com
ROBBIE COWGILL, one of the linchpins of Washington State's fabled Bennett Years as a screen-setting, shot-blocking, big-time defender who could never gain weight, believes

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