PRACTICE: Tuel none the worse for wear

JEFF TUEL

PULLMAN -- Despite leaving Saturday's game with an apparent collarbone injury, it appears Jeff Tuel is ready to go for anything and everything football related. Also, special teams coach Eric Russell said he takes full responsibility for his squad's actions on the field Saturday.

"Yeah, he threw it around pretty good," said head coach Mike Leach of Jeff Tuel's performance on the practice field Sunday night.

Surprisingly, Tuel looked no worse for the wear Sunday night, throwing short passes with precision, as well as bombs down field with ease.

Although Tuel appeared to be at full strength, Leach wouldn't commit to any quarterback heading into this week and preparing for Arizona State.

"We'll see," Leach said. "I thought they both did well."

After a skittish first possession, Halliday shook off the cobwebs Saturday night and ended up throwing for 334 yards and five touchdowns, mounting a Washington State comeback that ended up falling just short.

"I thought we played good early," Leach said. "Effort was tremendous. We played well production-wise aside from blocked kicks and special teams."

The departure of All-American wide receiver Marquess Wilson, coupled with his allegations of "abuse" brought forth by the former Coug wideout seem not to have fazed Leach in the least. The ever-outspoken Leach said he thinks the investigation will be brisk and speak volumes toward the truth.

"I'm not concerned," Leach said. "We're not worried about Marquess, we're worried about the guys that are here. We'll leave it at that."

Leach said President Elson Floyd has not yet contacted him.

"I'm going to just eliminate it as a distraction," Leach said. "The most important thing I have is the guys that are here so I have to focus on them."

Leach emphasized once again that if it weren't for some special teams blunders this team more than likely would have taken down UCLA.

Special teams coach Eric Russell took full responsibility Sunday, noting that it's his job to ensure his team executes every Saturday.

"It was sad when both the other sides did some things to give us a chances," Russell said. "I apologized to them. I told them I have somehow failed to get them to play. It wasn't a yell and scream session, it was me taking the brunt of this."

Russell said it was nothing schematic on all four of the blocked kicks and punts. Instead it was a failure to execute on so many different levels.

"It was a bad deal," Russell said. "Real bad night. You can't overcome those disasters. It was embarrassing. It's a reflection of me as a coach."

The team wrapped up the night with their second dodgeball session of the year. This time it was offense vs. defense. On multiple occasions, the defensive squads topped the offense, sending receivers and quarterbacks alike to the turf.

Two guys that weren't involved tonight were junior cornerback Anthony Carpenter and freshman defensive lineman Destiny Vaeao. The latter had his right arm in a sling, while Carpenter was in street clothes.

Running with the 1's for the scrimmage:

OFFENSE
LT- John Fullington
LG- Jake Rodgers
C- Elliott Bosch
RG- Matt Goetz
RT- Wade Jacobson
QB – Jeff Tuel and Connor Halliday split reps
RB –Marcus Mason/Carl Winston/Leon Brooks/Teondray Caldwell
X-WR –Dominique Williams
Y-WR – Brett Bartolone (Gino Simone got some reps)
Z-WR – Gabe Marks (Kristoff Williams got some time)
H-WR – Bobby Ratliff

DEFENSE
LT- Matt Bock and Logan Mayes split reps.
NT- Ioane Gauta
RT- Xavier Cooper
BUCK- Travis Long (Logan Mayes got some time)
SAM- Cyrus Coen
MIKE- Darryl Monroe
WILL- Justin Sagote
CB- Anthony Carpenter
CB –Daniel Simmons
FS- Casey Locker
SS- Deone Bucannon

SPECIAL TEAMS
LS - Alex Den Bleyker
P - Mike Bowlin
KO - Bowlin
FG - Andrew Furney
KR - Rahmel Dockery, Leon Brooks, Theron West, and Brett Bartolone
PR - Brett Bartolone, Leon Brooks, Theron West, Rahmel Dockery and Marcus Mason

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