Dec. 26, 2003
SAN DIEGO, Calif.- The SeaWorld Adventure Park opened its doors to members of the Washington State football team Friday, highlighting a day that included the Cougars' second full length practice.
The team spent nearly three hours at SeaWorld touring exhibits and participating in a pair of shows. Senior quarterback Matt Kegel put his signal calling abilities to good use, giving commands to the park's star attraction, 8,000-pound killer whale Shamu. Kegel received a hug from the massive mammal and directed it to cool off teammates Aaron Johnson and Brian Winter with a giant splash of water. Linebackers Al Genatone and Will Derting worked with a group of dolphins.
"It was a great experience," Kegel said. "That was a unique opportunity to be so close to an animal that big. I had a lot of fun with it and I think everybody enjoyed the park."
The Cougars spent the afternoon practicing and lifting weights on the campus of San Diego State University. Approximately 50 media members, fans, and other onlookers were on hand to watch the two-hour session. WSU coaches and players will be treated to lunch on board the aircraft carrier U.S.S. Stennis Saturday.
COUGAR FOOTBALL ALUMNI IN ATTENDANCE:
Several former Washington State players took in the afternoon practice at San Diego State Friday. Kickoff specialist Adam Holiday, who lettered for WSU's 2001 Sun Bowl and 2002 Rose Bowl squads, was on hand and spent much of the session talking and working with kickers Drew Dunning and Graham Siderius. Holiday reported that he will likely play in the NFL's European league next season. Former offensive lineman Kevin Stephenson, a letterman in 1975 and 1976, linebacker Rod Plummer, a letterman from 1988 to 1991, and mid-1970's quarterback John "Hollywood" Hopkins were also in attendance.
EQUIPMENT STAFF MEETS FLUTIE:
Washington State's Director of Equipment Operations, Milton Neal, and seven student managers took in the San Diego Chargers' Christmas Day practice session, meeting players and visiting facilities. The highlight of the day was meeting Charger quarterback and former Heisman winner Doug Flutie.
WSU A PIPELINE TO SAN DIEGO:
Washington State has produced 11 players that have gone on to play for the San Diego Chargers. Thomas Erlandson (1968), Kenny Graham (1964-1969), Ken Greene (1983-1984), Bob Gregor (1981-1984), Bernard Jackson (1980), Ryan Leaf (1998-2000), Keith Lincoln (1961-1966, 1968-1969), Lewis Bush (1993-99), Don Sasa (1995-1996), Tony Savage (1992), and Kitrick Taylor (1991) have all spent time in the Chargers' blue and gold. Greene, WSU's secondary coach, closed out his seven-year pro career with the club.