Perhaps the two most notable were CB Daniel Simmons
and RB Logwone Mitz
"They had a good practice and nothing seemed to faze them," Wulff said. "They came out with some good intensity."
At the start of live drills early in practice, the defense had the advantage with both the line and secondary making plays. The front four of DEs Travis Long
, Skylar Stormo
and DTs Anthony Laurenzi
and Toni Pole outplayed the offensive line early and were getting to the backfield with ease.
Pole had a couple nice plays early on, including wrapping up RB Carl Winston
behind the line of scrimmage. With the 2s against the 2s, the problems continued for the offense when QB Connor Halliday
and Winston couldn't get off a clean exchange on a handoff and DE Ian Knight
pounced on the ball for the turnover.
Meanwhile in the secondary, Simmons had arguably his best performance of the fall, hauling in QB Jeff Tuel
's third interception of camp.
"I feel great right now," Simmons said. "I've been working a lot over summer with Nolan (Washington) and a couple other guys mentally and technique. I feel like our technique is pretty good and just need to translate it to the field."
On the interception, Tuel fired a lob pass intended for Wilson in the corner of the end zone. But the throw was off and Simmons made a leaping interception. Simmons took a knee in the end zone when he noticed his prospects for a return to at least the 20-yard line were bleak.
"Marquess is known for those jump balls and fade balls and I knew exactly what he (Tuel) was going to do so I just read him and went up and got it," Simmons said. "It was good technique and it's always a blessing to make plays."
The team then moved to other position drills until the last 25 minutes of practice, which was devoted to live 11-on-11s. That session was dominated by the offense.
MITZ SAW EXTENSIVE
action with the first team and continued to showcase his combination of power and speed. He regularly had runs of 6 to 8 yards.
Mitz noted that the offense has times where they seem to be hot, then go cold, but said he realizes thats football and it's all on how the unit responds and overcomes adversity.
"We have days where we come out and everything's great, then last 30 minutes it's not," Mitz said. "But then on a day like today where we came out and gave it to the defense like we should ... it lets me know that there's going to be ups and downs during the season, but it's all how you respond to the next play."
Mitz also added that with him being a senior, he wants to make sure that he joins forces with Tuel and becomes a leader of the offense and be a mentor for some of the younger players.
"Jeff obviously being the quarterback is going to be communicated though the most on and off the field but I've already taken a role as a leader with Hoffman-Ellis and Roxas," Mitz said. "I need to better myself on how to communicate with my teammates when they make a mistake rather then getting after them and biting at them."
Some of that mentoring appeared to work late in practice, when RB Marcus Mason
broke off for the play of the day with the 2s lined up against the 2s. On that play, Mason took a handoff from QB Connor Halliday and ran up the middle through the hole, then cut quickly outside and turned up field. Mason quickly surged his way for a 45-yard TD run, which was the longest run for a Cougar RB during camp.
Mason has shown his speed over the last week, and Wulff has certainly taken notice of the true freshman's efforts.
"He's learning and his athleticsm shows up every once in awhile which is his speed," Wulff said. "We just need to get him more consistent and more confident. We want him to keep growing and we want him to be in a position to be ready to go, but again we've still got a lot of practices to go and as long as he progresses we're hoping to get him on the field."
Tuel was able to bounce back from his earlier interception firing a 40-yard TD pass to WR Jared Karstetter with Damante Horton in coverage.
Wulff has decided to cancel tomorrow's afternoon practice and said the plan is to have the players have a solid morning practice before they take off for their participation in Pullman's world famous lentil Festival.
As previously reported by CF.C, Alex Mitchell is on campus, but has not been cleared by the NCAA. Wulff was asked after practice if there was any other word on the other freshman who were waiting to get in, but Wulff said there is no new news at this time.
"We're still waiting officially on Alex and Rahmel (Dockery)," Wulff said. "We're still waiting on some clearinghouse stuff with those two guys."
RUNNING WITH THE 1s
QB: Jeff Tuel
X receiver: Marquess Wilson
Flanker: Isiah Barton
Z receiver: Jared Karstetter
TE Andrei Lintz
LT: David Gonzales
LG: John Fullington
C: Andrew Roxas
RG: B.J. Guerra
RT: Wade Jacobson
RB: Logwone Mitz (Rickey Galvin also saw substantial action)
LE: Travis Long
LT: Toni Pole
RT: Anthony Laurenzi
RE: Skylar Stormo
SAM: Sekope Kaufusi
MIKE: C.J. Mizell
WILL: Alex Hoffman-Ellis
CB: Daniel Simmons (Note: Brandon Golden and him split time running with the 1s)
SS: Deone Bucannon
FS: Tyree Toomer (Note: Casey Locker also seeing action running with the 1s)
CB: Damante Horton