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PRACTICE: Special teams,Thursday Night Lights

AUSTIN APODACA

PULLMAN -- The Cougs buttoned up their pads, laced up their cleats and ran through their last full practice session of the week before they take on the Cal Bears Saturday in Pullman. Special teams was the name of the game on Thursday as Wazzu worked hard to clean up all the rough edges before heading into battle. And as usual, the young guns took center stage during Thursday Night Lights.

"(In) kickoff coverage we're ranked tenth in the country which is a huge improvement," said special teams coach Eric Russell. Midway through fall camp, Russell was quite vocal in his displeasure with the performance of his special teams unit. The long-snappers couldn't snap, the punters couldn't punt, the blockers couldn't block, and the kickers couldn't kick. But that's changed. "I've been...

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