LEWISTON – Continuing the two-a-day rotation behind center, graduate transfer Gage Gubrud and redshirt senior Anthony Gordon took full team reps for their second head-to-head matchup Tuesday afternoon.
The third leg in this race, Trey Tinsley, notably took three snaps in a 7-on-7 drill, through the majority of reps were a designed run implying the defense was the intended benefactor. Defensive Coordinator Tracy Claeys told the media after practice improvement toward stopping the run is a focus this season.
“I thought we had a good day. We had good effort and finished,” Mike leach said. “You come out this time of year to fight distractions and adversity, and I thought we did a good job of it.”
Gordon’s team-series reps ended at a 7-11 mark and went out strong scoring on four consecutive plays – one of them a scramble up the middle – from the five-yard line.
Kassidy Woods pulled down a one-handed catch near the goal post. A snap later Dez Patmon beat cornerback Derrick Langford for a jump ball. And lastly, Brandon Arconado was hit underneath and backpedaled across the goal line for a final touchdown call.
Gordon’s most explosive play came in his first completion on go route to Patmon. Dropped right between the cornerback (Langford) and the safety (Isom), Gordon popped off a 60-yard dime on the completion.
It wasn’t all good for Gordon; however, as the gunslinger tossed an interception in his first attempt to Justice Rogers on a crossing route. This is the third interception Gordon has thrown in as many 11-on-11 series.
“Gordon’s been playing pretty well. I though he had a good [skeleton drill] also,” Mike Leach said.
Gubrud’s outing, a bit more pedestrian, would conclude at 8-14 overthrowing a screen, underthrowing an out, and tossing a ball deep down the sideline to no receivers on a presumed miscommunication.
Gubrud’s failed to find the end zone, but hooked up with Quinn Mitchell for an estimated 70-yard gain in the first play from scrimmage. Gubrud targeted Mitchell again a handful of reps later but the pitched was dropped.
Justice Rogers nearly had his second pick of the day after batting away a pass underneath near the goal line in Gubrud’s final attempt.
“It’s not like I have been running [the offense] for four years or anything like that, but I feel comfortable,” Gubrud said. “I know my reads and all that stuff. It’s just being disciplined enough, knowing how things open up, and getting reps.”
Edge: Gordon put the ball in the end zone, Gubrud didn’t. Gordon turned the ball over, Gubrud didn’t. It depends what you want out of your quarterback, but the head man once again reminded the media of his desires.
“We’re accumulating data, information, evaluation. You see something every day, but the biggest thing is who’s consistent,” Leach said. “You try to develop a level of consistency and that’s what you’re working toward.”
For our purposes, Gordon gets the nod today; however, he’s turning the ball over too often for comfort.
- This is the second consecutive day Washington State has practiced in brutally dry heat; temperatures topped at 102.
- It sounds like WSU’s coaching staff isn’t interested in speculation of starters until after Friday’s scrimmage.
- RUSH linebacker Ron Stone Jr. and defensive lineman Nicholas Sheets both met Gordon in backfield for sacks.
- Leach was unimpressed with a few routs run by the receivers in skeleton drill, but no up-downs were dealt as punishment. His vocal message got through.
- Dez Patmon says he is learning what it truly means to play with his size advantage. At 6-foot-4 and a lean 228 pounds, he and Easop Winston Jr. compliment each other’s strengths well on the outside receiver position opposite Tay Martin and Calvin Jackson Jr.
- Clay Markoff will be in the backfield. In year’s past, he was only utilized on punt protection. Leach denied the theory that Markoff will only be a short yardage back. He says Markoff can catch and be used utilized like any other halfback.
- Defensive Coordinator Tracy Claeys says the four junior college transfer defensive backs (Shahman Moore, Bryce Beekman, Daniel Isom, Derrick Langford) are “not ready.” but added they don’t need to be ready today, as they have plenty more practices before the season.
- Langford took first-team reps at cornerback while George Hick III was on second team. Claeys says the position is a “living document” and Langford just so happened to have earned it on the preceding day. Expect a battle between the two going back-and-fourth for the starting cornerback spot opposite Marcus Strong throughout camp.
- Jouvensly Bazil had an explosive run in team period. He and Deon McIntosh are slowly getting more touches with time behind workhorse Max Borghi and Markoff.