Jamire Calvin misses first spring practice

Junior wide receiver held out of camp due to unspecified injury, Max Borghi impresses

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Jamire Calvin misses first spring practice

Redshirt freshman quarterback Cammon Cooper goes through passing drills Thursday at Martin Stadium.

Redshirt freshman quarterback Cammon Cooper goes through passing drills Thursday at Martin Stadium.

BEN SCHUH | DAILY EVERGREEN FILE

Redshirt freshman quarterback Cammon Cooper goes through passing drills Thursday at Martin Stadium.

BEN SCHUH | DAILY EVERGREEN FILE

BEN SCHUH | DAILY EVERGREEN FILE

Redshirt freshman quarterback Cammon Cooper goes through passing drills Thursday at Martin Stadium.

JOHN SPELLMAN, Evergreen reporter

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WSU football took the field on Thursday to kick off spring camp for the first time since taking down Iowa State nearly three months ago.

The first day of spring practice featured a lot of individual-position drills, a welcome sight for the players after they spent the majority of the winter stuck in the weight room.

“It feels great be out here back on the field,” redshirt junior linebacker Jahad Woods said. “I was tired of midnight maneuvers and being in the black and gray shirts, so it’s really good to be back.”

After that, they moved to team drills as the offense faced off against the defense in the red zone.

Maybe the position that garnered the most attention on the first day of spring practice was quarterback as Head Coach Mike Leach looks for Gardner Minshew’s replacement.

The two players who seem to be getting the most attention for the position are redshirt seniors Anthony Gordon and Trey Tinsley. They both looked good on the first day as they attempted to make an impression on the coaches with graduate transfer Gage Gubrud expected to miss spring camp due to an injury.

“I am just trying to focus on myself and improving each day,” Gordon said. “Me and [Tinsley] have been using each other to elevate our own play, and just coming out and competing every day to go out and win the job.”

Another player who impressed on the first day of camp was sophomore running back Max Borghi who showed off his explosiveness and strength while finding the end zone multiple times.

The other big news from the first day of camp was that junior wide receiver Jamire Calvin, who played a big role at the end of last season for the Cougars, did not participate in practice due to an unspecified injury.

“I thought it was a good first day,” Leach said. “I thought we had good tempo and we got to improve a bit, but I thought … we executed really well for coming out of the blocks.”

The Cougars will return to the field Saturday for their second spring practice.