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Courtesy: Washington State Athletics
Offense Takes To The Air During WSU's Second Scrimmage
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Courtesy: Washington State Athletics
Release: 04/01/2000
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April 1, 2000

PULLMAN, Wash. -- Washington State held its second scrimmage during spring practices, a 104-play extravaganza, Saturday morning. The scrimmage had a little of everything, from wide receiver passes, to reverses, to defensive touchdowns.

During the second scrimmage, the aerial attack seemed to take center stage for the Cougar offense. Last week, the four quarterbacks combined to throw 34 passes, but Saturday was a different story as the quartet and one wide receiver threw 55 passes, completing 35 of them.

Jason Gesser had the best day of the quarterbacks completing 13 of his 19 attempts for 177 yards. Gesser also threw two touchdown passes, a 12-yard throw to Deon Burnett and a 33-yard hookup with Collin Henderson. However, he did throw his first interception of the spring.

Coach Mike Price said he was pleased with the play of Gesser and the hard running of Burnett.

Henderson also had two touchdown passes on the double pass. After receiving a lateral, Henderson spotted Farwan Zubedi in the end zone twice on three attempts for scores of 44 and 45 yards. Zubedi was the leading receiver with 4 catches for 106 yards.

"We ran more trick plays that took the edge off the defense," said Price. "The defense has been blitzing and slanting so I simplified the offense. We didn't run any of our sprint-out plays."

The running backs had a difficult time running the ball against the defense. The six running backs combined for 50 yards on 33 carries.

The No. 1 offense had 11 drives on Saturday, generating 278 yards of offense. The first unit scored five touchdowns, but also turned the ball over four times. The final two drive for the No. 1 offense had Matt Kegel at quarterback and it failed to score both times.

The defense wasn't as dominant as they were during the first scrimmage, allowing eight touchdowns, including four touchdowns on plays of 30 yards or more. But the defense did look good at times two, forcing six turnovers. Andrew Oliver and Dante Minners each intercepted and Raonall Smith, Serign Marong and Reggie Wageman had fumble recoveries. Minners returned his interception for a touchdown and Wageman fell on two loose balls during the scrimmage.

The No. 1 defense was on the field for 10 drives, allowing 171 yards. Three drives resulted in touchdowns and the defense forced one turnover on Smith's fumble recovery.

"Raonall Smith and James Price were really flying around out there," Price said. "Those guys are playing well."

The kickers struggled in their second competition of the spring. Anousith Wilaikul had the best day, converting on 5 of 10 field-goal attempts. He made two kicks from 42 yards out. Drew Dunning went 3-for-7 and Nick Lambert went 2-for-7 on Saturday. Dunning converted on 44- and 45-yard field goals, while Lambert's long was 42 yards.

SPRING MEDICAL UPDATE: Lamont Thompson continues to have neck pain and medical personnel will continue to evaluate his MRI taken Thursday...not currently practicing...Al Genatone is recovering from right thumb surgery...he will not practice during the remainder of spring drills, but there should be no problem in the fall...Wendell Smith is out for the spring with a dislocated right shoulder...physicians are currently being consulted and surgery is expected next week...Eric Boose sublexed his left shoulder and will practice as tolerated...further evaluation will take place in mid-April...Mark Baldwin sublexed his right shoulder and will practice as tolerated...further evaluation will take place in mid-April...DeAndre Douglas is sidelined with a lower leg bruise...Virgil Williams is limited to non-contact work because of a long-term right shoulder injury...evaluation is continuing...Reed Raymond will not practice during spring drills because of an abdominal strain...Phil Locker will miss all spring workouts because of a chronic groin strain...Paul Mencke suffered a neck sprain and Austin Matson sprained his left shoulder during the scrimmage, neither player returned.

Scoring summary - Burnett 12 pass from Gesser, Philley 1 run, C. Henderson 33 pass from Gesser, Zubedi 44 pass from C. Henderson, Minners 37 interception return, J. Williams 1 run, Zubedi 45 pass from C. Henderson, Gesser 1 run.
Rushing - Thielbahr 10/19, Burnett 7/11, Philley 8/10, Hawkins 3/4,J. Williams 4/4, Gould 1/2, Team 1/(-1), J. White 1/(-3), Nettles 2/(-4), Nesen 3/(-9), Gesser 4/(-9), Graffis 2/(-16), Kegel 3/(-16).
Passing (Att/Comp/Int/Yds/TD/Long) - Gesser 19/13/1/177/2/39, Kegel 13/6/1/78/0/38, Nesen 10/7/0/55/0/14, Graffis 10/7/0/59/0/12, C. Henderson 3/2/0/89/2/45.
Receiving - Zubedi 4/106, Wynn 4/57, Nettles 4/56, M. Williams 3/54, C. Henderson 2/45, Burnett 3/33, J. White 4/20, Mizin 2/20, Sheridan 2/18, McKechnie 2/16, P. Henderson 1/12, Mencke 1/7, Ramos 1/6, Philley 1/5.
Sacks - Adedipe 2, Price, Matson, Acholonu, Isaacson, Brown, Long.

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