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A Lot of Learning Going on at Washington State This Spring

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Players are learning new formations and plays a little at a time (Photo: SWX) Players are learning new formations and plays a little at a time (Photo: SWX)
PULLMAN, Wash. -

My how time flies. Spring football has only just begun, yet the Cougars are less than a month away from the Crimson and Gray game on April 21. Let the learning continue!

April's spring game will be Mike Leach's first as a Cougar, and his first spring scrimmage at any team since 2009 when he was with Texas Tech. Leach says the players are learning new formations and new terms. And even he admits it's taking some time to get his groove back.

"Every time you start camp or a practice, the first day – even as a coach – you kind of train your eyes and the temptation is to sit and follow the ball more than you should, rather than look at the field," said Leach. "I was guilty of following the ball some; that's why we filmed all of it. So, there will be some stuff that I thought I saw. Then it's be, ‘I didn't even know he was open'… that kind of thing."

The Cougars worked out in shoulder pads for the first time this spring on Tuesday. Here is the Athletic Department's take on the action:

"The biggest smacks came during a couple drills that occurred at the same time on two different fields.The first couple and the loudest of the day came from linebacker Darryl Monroe during a running game drill that featured the offensive line and running back against the defensive line and linebackers. Just like what he did last spring and fall, the young backer quickly stepped up to fill a running lane and either blow up the pulling lineman or the running back."

Read the blog post on WSUCougars.com

Players will practice again on Thursday afternoon.

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