April 5, 2003
PULLMAN, Wash. --- Senior running back Jonathan Smith was the standout of Washington State's opening spring scrimmage Saturday, rushing for 109 yards and a pair of touchdowns on just seven carries.
"I thought we executed pretty well for this early on," Head Coach Bill Doba said. "Jonathan Smith looked good and Will Derting is always looking pretty good."
Smith, a second-year transfer from Pasadena City College, was hit in the backfield on his initial carry, spun away from the defender, and rushed 60 yards up the sideline for his first score. Smith's second touchdown came on a one-yard blast, capping a drive where he toted the ball four times for 40 yards.
Defensively, sophomore linebacker Will Derting seemed to be around the ball on every play. The Okanogan, Wash., native recorded three sacks and wreaked havoc on the Cougar running game.
Sophomore defensive end Adam Braidwood and senior linebacker Al Genatone both recorded a sack and combined on another, while Raymond Bonnell and Scott Davis had one a piece.
Senior quarterback Matt Kegel connected on six of nine passes for 46 yards. Sophomore wide receiver Trandon Harvey was on the other end of three of Kegel's completions for 29 yards. Harvey finished with four catches for 35 yards.
Kicker Drew Dunning used the windy conditions at Martin Stadium to his advantage, converting three of four field goals, including one from 52 yards. Dunning was also perfect on four point-after attempts. Sophomore Kyle Basler averaged 42.5 yards per punt and placed two of those inside the 20.
"I thought the kicking game was good and the offense moved the ball well and made some plays," Doba said. "This was a chance for us to work in some of the younger kids. It's important for us to develop depth. Overall, I thought we had good intensity."
Several projected starters, including running back Jermaine Green, tight end Troy Bienemann, and defensive ends Isaac Brown and D.D. Acholonu, did not participate in Saturday's scrimmage. Doba would like to see them back in action next week.
Washington State's next scrimmage will be Saturday, April 12 at Martin Stadium.
Receiving (Receptions/Yards/Touchdowns) Devard Darling 1/5/0 Thomas Ostrander 2/11/0 Robert Franklin 1/17/0 Trandon Harvey 4/35/0 Scott Lunde 2/9/0 Sammy Moore 1/6/0 Chris Jordan 1/8/0 Jevon Miller 1/21/0
Sacks Will Derting (3) Adam Braidwood (1.5) Al Genatone (1.5) Raymond Bonnell (1) Scott Davis (1)