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Courtesy: Washington State Athletics
Spring Game Awaits Crimson, Gray Teams
Courtesy: Washington State Athletics
Release: 04/13/2000
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April 13, 2000

PULLMAN, Wash. -- The annual spring game draft was held Wednesday night at Perham Hall on the Washington State campus to finalize the rosters for this Saturday's Crimson and Gray game.

The scrimmage begins at 11 a.m. and will consist of four 12-minute quarters and a 10-minute halftime session. The defense will not be permitted to blitz and quarterback Jason Gesser and punter Alan Cox will be the only two players who cannot be tackled. The two players must be tagged down.

Special teams will be limited as no kickoff or kickoff returns will be used. All special teams will be live tackle. The offensive team may not fake a punt, while the defensive team may not attempt to block a punt.

The kickers and punters will be rotated with a different snapper and/or holder to the coach's choice.

The Gray team will be the visiting team and will be situated on the south side of the field. The coaches for the Gray team will be head coach Jeff Banks, assistant coaches John McDonell, Mike Levenseller, Robb Akey and Chris Ball. Pullman police chief Ted Weatherly will serve as a guest coach for the Gray.

In the war room for the Gray team were seniors Farwan Zubedi, Adam Hawkins, Anthony Adedipe, Chris Martin, Ryan Raymond, Pat Henderson, Lamont Thompson, Melvin Camarena, Anousith Wilaikul, Ryan Pickering, Brad Philley and Erik Larson and coaches Banks, Levenseller, .

Notable offensive players for the Gray team are: wide receivers Farwan Zubedi and Milton Wynn, quarterback Jason Gesser, linemen Billy Knotts, Erik Larson, Ryan Raymond and Josh Parrish and tight end Mark Baldwin. Guiding the Gray defense are: linemen Melvin Camarena, Tomasi Kongaika and Anthony Adedipe, linebacker Raonall Smith and cornerback Chris Martin.

Bryant Thomas will serve as the head coach for the Crimson team, which will rest on the north side of the field. Assisting Thomas will be Eric Price, Kasey Dunn, Bill Doba, Mike Walker and Jim Zeches. WSU police chief Bill Mercer will be the guest coach for the Crimson team.

The Crimson war room consisted of seniors Mory Banks, Marcus Williams, Paul Mencke and Austin Matson and coaches Thomas, Price, Dunn, Doba, Walker and Zeches.

Guiding the Crimson offense are: wide receivers Paul Mencke, Collin Henderson, Curtis Nettles, Marcus Williams and Derrick Dillon, quarterback Matt Kegel, running back Deon Burnett, linemen Derrick Roche, Tyler Hunt and Sam Lightbody and tight end Russell Mizin. The defensive stoppers will be: linemen Austin Matson, Jeremey Williams, Tai Tupai and Tupo Tuupo, linebackers James Price and Melvin "Champ" Simmons and defensive backs Marcus Trufant, Billy Newman and Mory Banks.

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