Cougars hold first full-pad workout

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Washington State University worked out in full pads for the first time this spring and capped the workout with a scrimmage in Martin Stadium Saturday afternoon.

The Cougars worked out on Rogers Field for the first hour of practice then headed down to the stadium where they worked through some 7-vs.-7 and kickoff coverage before scrimmaging for just over an hour in front of a couple hundred fans.

Quarterback Jeff Tuel saw a majority of the reps, going 11-of-17 for 95 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions. David Gilbertson operated the number two offense and went 5-of-8 for 52 yards with a touchdown and an interception.

Tuel looked good early, completing passes to a number of different receivers, finding Blair Bomber for a 14-yard catch before capping the drive with a two-yard touchdown pass to Kristoff Williams. Cornerback Tracy Clark later picked off a Tuel pass on the next series as Tuel tried to find Marquess Wilson along the left side but Clark broke up the pass and corralled the deflection. A couple series later, linebacker Eric Oertel jumped a route to intercept a Tuel swing pass and return it for a touchdown.

Cougs hold first full-pad scrimmage

Tuel later found Andrei Lintz for a 13-yard gain and alter capped his day with a touchdown pass to Bennett Bontemps who turned up field and lowered his shoulder to sneak into the left corner of the end zone for a 12-yard score.

Gilbertson made a good number of throws throughout the day, finding newcomer Drew Loftus for a 28-yard catch for the longest play of the scrimmage. Cornerback Daniel Simmons later picked off Gilbertson as he broke up the pass and corralled the ball after it bounced off a couple other defenders hands.

Gilbertson finished the day with a nice six-yard touchdown pass to Gino Simone in the back right corner of the end zone.

Marcus Mason led the running backs with three carries for 19 yards.