Players on both sides of the ball said the Cougar offense looked noticably different in last week's 1st spring practice under Mike Leach. That aerial attack continues to turn heads in Pullman.
On Thursday the program held the fourth practice session of the year, and the second in shoulder pads.
Leach says they're working on getting the scheme down, as well as fine-tuning fundamentals. He added that their aggressive new-look defense has helped sharpen the offense.
Quarterback Jeff Tuel said they've had a blast getting their share of throws in, and that they've gone through most of the playbook. While the offense is catching on, the 'D' is trying to catch up.
"That offense is hard to cover," safety Tyree Toomer said. "They just have a lot of available options and you see a guy wide open and you watch film and you understand why with a certain route he runs. There's just a lot of coverage-beaters he throws at you. That's the genius of Leach and I'm starting to see it now, so is everybody."
Leach hasn't been able to see much from Connor Halliday, who is expected to compete with Tuel for the starting job. Halliday said, after their first practice, that he took a helmet to the liver. A lacerated liver caused him to miss action last year. He remained on the sideline Thursday. Leach said their work right now is from the neck up.
The coach also said tight end Aaron Dunn is expected to transfer. Dunn graduated from Mead High School.