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SPRING BALL DAY 1: Cougs intense from start

PULLMAN -- Spring workouts on the Palouse began with a bang Thursday. The intensity was high despite a padless practice that featured players in helmets and shorts. A former walk-on turned heads in the secondary, and Cougar seniors discussed leadership and goals. Two well-known faces showed up to take in the action -- action that included three linemen who weren't expected to practice.

Senior defensive end Matt Mullennix (knee), junior offensive lineman Vaughn Lesuma (wrist) and senior defensive tackle Aaron Johnson (class work) all participated in the session despite being listed as out or limited by coach Bill Doba on Wednesday. Neither Mullennix, who missed all of last season with the knee, nor Lesuma, who arrived in January from Mt. San Jacinto College, is expected to...