Laura’s Jayden Shakes Rust As Cougars Tie Up Shoulder Pads: Washington State Camp Day 3 Notes and Observations


Washington State will host 25 pre-season practice before opening the season Sept. 4 against the State of Utah. The spokesperson-Review will be on hand for each of these, following relevant storylines, notes, depth chart developments, and key pieces as the Cougars prepare for the 2021 football season. below the observations of the third day of the fall camp at Pullman.

The notes

  • On Sunday, it was revealed that Washington Gov. Jay Inslee will introduce a vaccine warrant for state employees in Washington. Hours before Inslee’s announcement, WSU coach Nick Rolovich, who announced last month that he would not be receiving a COVID-19 vaccine, was asked about the potential tenure. “I think what we do is we do daily testing, we follow all the rules that are put in place,” Rolovich said. “I don’t know what that will say exactly, but it’s definitely something to always consider.” Inslee rolled out the mandate statewide at 1 p.m. Monday, but since it won’t apply to higher education employees, Rolovich and other unvaccinated members of his coaching staff will not be affected.
  • As Rolovich promised on Saturday, running back Deon McIntosh was back in training after being held down for two days for arriving late on Friday. McIntosh worked primarily with the scout team offense during the team period, while Max Borghi and Wisconsin transfer Nakia Watson spent time with the first team.
  • The Cougars were in half-pads, or shoulder pads, during Monday’s session. NCAA rules require them to be in half pads for two more days before moving on to full pads on Thursday. The WSU’s first pre-season camp is scheduled for 9:15 a.m. this Saturday.
  • Scouts from the Dallas Cowboys, NFL and Houston Texans attended practice Monday. It’s unclear if they were in town to watch a particular player, but the Cougars might have a few high picks in the 2022 NFL Draft, including right tackle Abraham Lucas and Borghi.
  • Wide receiver Travell Harris was still a limited participant and spent the majority of practice doing sprint work with assistant strength and conditioning coach Tim Hicks. Safety Tyrone Hill Jr. observed Monday’s practice, but was not wearing the arm sling he had on Saturday.
  • Defensive lineman David Gusta, defensive back Jackson Lataimua and offensive linemen Dylan Mayginnes, Patrick Utschinski and Devin Kylany were missing for a third consecutive practice.
  • The Cougars still have a lot to discover when it comes to wide receiver positions, but at least on Monday, players working with the first team included De’Zhaun Stribling (X), Joey Hobert (Y), Calvin Jackson Jr. (H ) and Donovan Ollie (Z). CJ Moore, who missed out on first practice after arriving late and dropped a few assists on day two, was mostly working with the Boy Scout team’s offense.

Follow the QBs

For the first time at camp, the Cougars held a full 11v11 period. Two of them, in fact. While the team is yet to engage in full contact practices – and quarterbacks will be banned even when they do – this was the first time the QBs have faced a pass and a throw. ‘a crowded pocket. Here are our observations from periods 11-on-11 and 7-on-7.

Laura’s Jayden didn’t hesitate to throw the deep ball in freshman and while it got him in trouble at times, it also paid off with big plays when the Hawaii native was able to tune in. He connected on a big play in a 7v7 Monday, opening a deep pass to Donovan Ollie for a 35-40 yard touchdown. Watching the period 7-7 on the other court, WSU coach Nick Rolovich applauded Laura’s play, shouting “Good job 4” from 30 yards. Two shots later, of Laura fired a bullet between two defenders hitting wide receiver Anderson Grover on an oblique pattern. Between the two periods at 11 against 11 and the exercise at 7 against 7, we had Laura at 10 of 13 assists.

Of the three QBs vying for the starting position, de Laura has probably helped himself the most while Jarrett Guarantano has fallen to the other end of that spectrum, throwing a pair of interceptions and unofficially completing 9 of 14 assists. Guarantano apparently misinterpreted the cover during the 7v7 period and threw a ball straight at Halid Djibril’s safety. Later, during the team period, a rushed pass to Donovan Ollie was knocked down and fell into the hands of corner kick Alphonse Oywak.

Cammon Cooper completed 5 of 7 assists and didn’t have as many opportunities on Monday as real freshman Xavier Ward spent more time working with the team’s first and second offense. The change is unlikely to reflect Cooper’s play on Days One and Two – he was the most consistent flagman on Saturday – and it’s possible Laura and / or Guarantano will take fewer shots in future practice, so stay tuned. listening.

Three great games

1. We mentioned it earlier, but Laura’s deep strike against Ollie was easily the game of the day, and maybe the camp’s game, at this point. De Laura went through each of his reads, giving Ollie time to come down the field and create enough separation, then found himself and threw a strong, high arc ball that only the receiver could hit. Ollie lay down, shooting the ball into his chest as he dove to the ground to complete the long touchdown.

2. De Laura avoided throwing an interception on his third return practice, but was almost eliminated in 7v7. Linebacker Travion Brown, who mainly worked with the first team defense, jumped a oblique route and stood up to put both hands on the ball before watching it fall onto the grass.

3. Oywak showed strong recognition skills and better hands when he intercepted Guarantano in the 7v7 drill. The Seattle cornerback maneuvered to midfield and sat right behind. Ollie when Guarantano’s pass flew to the outside receiver, who couldn’t retrieve the stray ball, knocking it over and watching it fall to Oywak, who had less than a second to react and catch it two-handed hands before going up the field.

Their words“I love it. It’s a little different, a lot more things I need to learn and stuff, but coming from where I’m from I’ve played a lot of slots. great guys around me helping me learn it. Renard (Bell) is always there to help me learn it, Travell, everyone has been on my ear to teach me the ins and outs from the inside, but I love it so far.

– Wide receiver Calvin Jackson Jr. on the transition from outdoor receiver to indoor receiver.


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