Defense Picks Six In Third Cougar Football Scrimmage

April 21, 2001

PULLMAN, Wash. - It was the defense that showed that they could catch in Saturday's football scrimmage. In front of a good Mom's Weekend crowd, the defense picked off six passes, returning one for a touchdown and safety Erik Coleman ran 100 yards on a kickoff return for another defensive scoring play.

'I think the defense caught the ball better than the offense,' head coach Mike Price said, 'and there lies our problems offensively.'

Freshman cornerback Jason David grabbed the first interception of the scrimmage and returned it for eight yards. Redshirt freshman Ira Davis followed with a 13-yard return off his pick. Junior Billy Newman followed suit with a 17-yard return. Marcus Trufant grabbed the next pass followed by James Price. For the final interception of the scrimmage senior Curtis Holden returned a pick 88 yards for the defense's second touchdown of the scrimmage.

With a strong kickoff performance by transfer Adam Holiday the Cougars were able to work on their kickoff return. Newman returned one for 66 yards. Karl Paymah had a 30-yard return. Then Coleman ran 100 yards for the touchdown. Curtis Nettles returned one for 13 yards and Lavell Anderson returned a kick 38 yards.

'I think we found some kickoff returners and I think we found a kickoff guy,' Price said after Saturday's performance.' I was very pleased with the way Holiday kicked the ball off, and that was with a sore knee.'

On the offensive side of the ball Dave Minnich ran in two touchdowns, as did John Tippins, all four touchdowns came against the number two defense. Blair Hawkins who ran for 61 yards had a three-yard touchdown run as well. Minnich finished with 58 yards and Jeremy Thielbahr had 42 yards.

On the receiver corps Mike Bush caught three passes for 46 yards, all three were first down plays. Nakoa McElrath led the receivers in yards with 74 and Curtis Nettles scored a 19-yard touchdown on his only catch of the day.

Injury Report: Ing Aleaga (lower leg) will have an x-ray to rule out fractured fibula and Derrick Roche (ankle) will have an x-ray to check on a high ankle sprain. Both are doubtful to play next week.

Spring Game: The Annual Crimson and Grey Spring Game will be played in Spokane at Joe Albi Stadium next Sunday, April 28 at 2 p.m. Admission is free and gates will open at 1 p.m. There will be no draft this year, the teams will be made up of the first team offense and defense against the rest of the team.

Scoring summary: 4-yard run by Minnich, PAT by Lambert, 3-yard run by Minnich, PAT by Dunning, 100-yard kickoff return by Coleman, 18-yard catch by Nettles (Kegel), PAT by Dunning, 4-yard run by Tippins, Lambert with PAT, 3-yard run by Hawkins, 7-yard run by Tippins, PAT by Dunning, 88-yard interception return by Holden.Rushing - Hawkins 8/61, Minnich 14/58, Thielbahr 8/42, Tippins 6/20, Travis 1/3, Ena 1/2, Nguae, 5/1, McElrath 1/0, Kegel 2/(-6).Passing (Att/Comp/Int/Yds/TD/Long) - Kegel 18/5/2/62/1/19, Gesser 15/6/2/52/0/16, Ena 11/4/2/40/0/16, Henderson 1/1/0/32/0/32, Dennison 5/4/0/24/0/11, Travis 4/2/0/16/0/11.Receiving - McElrath 6/74, Bush 3/46, McKechnie 4/23, Lunde 2/22, Nettles 1/19, White 2/11, Tupai, Jr. 1/11, White 1/8, Ahlberg 1/8, Hansell 1/6, Baldwin 1/6.

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