PULLMAN, Wash. – Washington State football opened spring practice Thursday, working out for two hours in helmets and shorts on Rogers Field and in Martin Stadium.
Under the sunshine, the Cougars opened the day on Rogers Field before the offense went into Martin Stadium while the defense stayed worked through individual position drills.
In 1-vs.-1 drills, the wideouts faced off against the defensive backs. Freshman wideout Calvin Green made a nice over-the-shoulder grab, redshirt-freshman wide receiver Robert Lewis caught a couple long touchdowns. For the defensive backs, redshirt-freshman corner Charleston broke up a couple deep pass attempts, leaping high to win a battle on one occasion. Sophomore cornerback Daquawn Brown also picked off a pass in the end zone near the end of the 1-vs.-1 period.
Following a special teams segment that focused on punt coverage, the Cougars worked through a 7-vs.-7 period. Redshirt-freshman safety Darius Lemora made a nice pass break-up early but redshirt-freshman quarterback Tyler Bruggman came right back with a long completion to Lewis in traffic on the next play. The defense came up with a pair of intercpetions later in the segment, as sophomore safety Isaac Dotson picked off a Bruggman pass and redshirt-sophomore safety Beau Glover also made a diving pick a couple plays later. Redshirt-senior quarterback Connor Halliday closed the period with a quick completion to redshirt-junior wideout Dom Williams in traffic for a score.
WSU then worked through a punt return segment before facing off in 11-vs-11. Halliday led the first series, connecting with junior wideout Brett Bartolone for a long gain up the right sideline and later hit redshirt-senior wide receiver Vince Mayle in stride behind a defender for touchdown from about 45 yards out. Bruggman led the offense in the second series. Following a couple completions, the defense came up with a turnover as redshirt-junior defensive tackle Darryl Paulo got pressure on Bruggman and forced an errant throw that Lemora stepped in front for an interception. Bruggman bounced back a couple plays later with a touchdown throw to Green.
The Cougars will practice in shorts and helmets Saturday at 10 a.m.