April 8, 2006
PULLMAN, Wash. - The Washington State offense put together four scoring drives, including a 42-yard pass from Alex Brink to Jason Hill to open the scoring, during the third scrimmage of the spring season Saturday morning at Martin Stadium.
"(There was) good enthusiasm today," said Cougar Head Coach Bill Doba. "I thought offensively they moved the ball really well...I saw a lot of thing I liked."
After combining for just one score in the first two scrimmages this spring, the offense found the end zone four times, all through the air. Brink found Hill wide open for the first score, the first score of the spring for either player. It also marked the longest play of the day for the Cougar offense. Brink closed out the scoring with a three-yard pass to junior Chris Jordan, one of three catches on the day for Jordan.
The Cougar offense accounted for 254 total yards, 154 through the passing game and 98 on the ground. Thompson led all receivers with four catches and 36 yards to go with his two scores. Jordan had three catches for 20 yards while Hill only had two balls thrown his way, grabbing both for a combined 51 yards and a score. Brandon Gibson had two catches while Michael Bumpus, Ben Woodard, Kipp Curtis, Isao Puailoa, Corey Williams, Andy Largent and Jason Price all had one catch.
All four Cougar quarterbacks took snaps during the scrimmage, with Brink completing six of nine attempts for 75 yards and two scores. Hall was six of 10 for 27 yards and two scores, while Gary Rogers connected on four of 14 attempts for 33 yards and Cole Morgan completing four of five passes for 21 yards.
The running game was led by junior Kevin McCall, who rushed four times for a team-high 46 yards, McCall had the day[`s longest running play, a 27-yard run that started out to the right before he reversed field and took it all the way to the three yard line. Freshman DeMaundray Woolridge had 11 carries for 26 yards while freshman Dwight Tardy had six rushes for five yards. In all, seven Cougars carried the ball on the day, all for positive yards.
"(The offense) ran the ball well and threw it well," said Doba. "The receivers got inside on some of the corners. We're not there yet but we'll get better."
On the other side of the ball the Cougar defense had another strong effort. Husain Abdullah led the way with seven tackles and a tackle-for-loss, while Mkristo Bruce had five tackles and two tackles-for-loss. The defense was very physical, getting a number of hard tackles in while also breaking up eight passes.
"The kids were fired up and having fun," Doba said about the physical nature of the defense. "(Defensive back) Michael Willis had a great scrimmage. He will really come hit you. He's going to be a player and we have to find a place for him to play because he will bring it."
The Cougars will now enter their final week of spring practice. With two more practices and the final scrimmage of the spring ahead, Doba has a few areas he'd like to focus on for next Saturday.
"We have to get some kids healthy so we can go a little longer (in the scrimmage)," he said. "And we'll look at the tempo of the offense and defense."
Next Saturday's scrimmage (April 15), the final one this spring, is set for a noon start at Martin Stadium.
Rushing - McCall 4/46, Woolridge 11/26, 2/11, Tardy 6/5, Moss 1/4, Perry 1/4, Puailo1/4.
Passing - Brink 6/9/0/75/2/42, Rogers 4/14/0/33/13, Morgan 4/5/0/21/0/9, Hall 6/10/0/27/2/12.
Receiving - Thompson 4/36, Jordan 3/20, Hill 2/51, Gibson 2/7, Collins 2/10, Bumpus 1/8, Woodard 1/6, Curtis 1/0, Puailoa 1/4, Williams 1/6, Largent 1/5, Price 1/3.
Scoring - Hill 42 pass from Brink; Thompson 12 pass from Hall; Thompson 3 pass from Hall; Jordan 3 pass from Brink.
Notes - Interceptions - None; Blount punts 50,40,35,42,35 Avg. 40.4; Brayton punts 50,44,41,40,33 Avg. 41.6; Sacks - None.