PULLMAN, Wash. – Washington State football continued spring practice with a two-hour workout in helmets and shorts in Martin Stadium Saturday.
The Cougars worked through their similar routine of individual position workouts, 7-vs.-7, punt coverage and team.
In 7-vs-7, redshirt-senior quarterback Connor Halliday threw a pair of touchdown passes to widouts Vince Mayle and Dom Williams while quarterback Tyler Bruggman, on the opposite side of the field, connected with wideout Daniel Lilienthal for a long touchdown pass. On the next play, linebacker Parker Henry stepped in front of Bruggman's next attempt but Bruggman bounced back with a nice touch pass to running back Marcus Mason for a long gain.
In the punt coverage segment, the highlight came from punt returner freshman Marcellus Pippins who fielded a punt and juked four defenders and sped up the sideline, bringing yells and screams from the rest of the team.
During the 11-vs.-11 team session, redshirt-freshman cornerback Charleston White came up with the first turnover, coming down with an acrobatic interception, corralling the ball against his thigh as he hit the ground. Later in the series, Halliday connected with wideout Kristoff Williams on a short pass that Williams took to the house from about 40 yards out. A couple plays later, Pippins produced another highlight play, leaping high to break up a pass, nearly coming down with the pick.
Redshirt-freshman quarterback Luke Falk led the day's second and final series. Midway through the series, redshirt-junior BUCK linebacker Ivan McLennan burst through the line for a "sack." One of Falk's best throws came when he dropped a long pass in between two defenders into the arms of Mayle who collided with both defenders but held on for the score. The offense scored their final touchdown on a 10-yard run from redshirt-freshman Jamal Morrow while the defense closed the day with a pass breakup from redshirt-senior corner Tracy Clark in the end zone.
Tuesday, the Cougars are expected to practice in helmets and shoulder pads for the first time this spring. Practice is slated to start at 3 p.m.