WSU prepares for spring game


Spokane

WSU prepares for

spring game

Washington State’s annual Crimson and Gray spring football game is today at Albi Stadium in Spokane, and coach Mike Leach expects to run 80 to 100 plays.

The No. 1 offense will face the No. 1 defense during the game, with the No. 2’s facing each other, Leach said this week. The Cougars will also play with a game clock in the first half.

The offense, led by quarterback Jeff Tuel, has made good progress picking up Leach’s high-powered pass attack, Leach said.

“Overall, we’ve progressed quicker than I expected,” Leach said. “We’re beginning to develop some depth.”

The key during spring drills is to provide players with the basic skills they need to work on during the summer months, Leach said.

“We’ve had the opportunity to fuel them up with the techniques and plays we want them to do,” Leach said.

Perhaps the biggest disappointment of the spring was that quarterback Connor Halliday, expected to battle Tuel for the starting job, was not able to practice much because he is still recovering from a liver injury suffered last season.

The spring game is scheduled at 1 p.m. The final spring workout will be Tuesday in Pullman.