Green Sparks Offense In Final Spring Scrimmage
April 19, 2003
PULLMAN, Wash. --- Running back Jermaine Green provided the biggest highlight in Washington State's final spring scrimmage, turning a doomed play into a 45-yard gain against the No. 1 defense Saturday morning at Martin Stadium.
Green rushed for 72 yards and a touchdown on seven carries. The Daytona Beach, Fla., native set up a three-yard scoring run by powering through several defenders and sprinting down the middle of the field for a 45-yard gain.
'Jermaine Green makes a tremendous difference out there,' WSU Head Coach Bill Doba said. 'Allen Thompson also had a good day for us in the backfield.'
Thompson and junior Blair Hawkins combined for 77 yards on 25 carries. Hawkins reached the end zone on a one-yard dive.
Projected starting quarterback Matt Kegel connected on seven of 14 attempts for 58 yards. Sophomore Chris Hurd threw for 73 yards on six completions, including a 37-yard strike to Jevon Miller. Freshman Josh Swogger guided the second and third-unit offense to a pair of long, scoring drives. The Ohio native threw for 98 yards on eight of 19 passing.
'Josh Swogger has some nice touch,' Doba said. 'He threw a couple of nice passes. I don't think Matt had a great day today. He has been better. But he is going to be okay.'
Miller and McKenzie Hansell each had 45 yards receiving to lead the scrimmage. The Cougars showed off their depth at the tight end position, going to Troy Bienemann, Adam West, Jesse Taylor, and Cody Boyd five times for 48 yards.
Kicker Drew Dunning hit one of two field goals during the morning session. His first attempt was blocked and taken 68 yards for a touchdown by linebacker Al Genatone. Dunning hit from 39 yards out two drives later.
Washington State's defense tallied seven sacks and made moving the ball a frustrating task for the offense Saturday. Freshman Brian Hall, who filled in for an injured Don Jackson at middle linebacker, recorded one sack and had an impressive showing with the first unit.
'For a freshmen, I'm really pleased with him,' Doba said. 'He has done an excellent job.'
The Cougars will prepare this week for the annual Crimson and Gray Game at Martin Stadium Saturday, April 26. Kickoff is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. and the first 1,000 fans will receive free Krispy Kreme donuts. WSU players will also host an autograph session after the contest.
Marty Martin (4/35/0)
Adam West (2/23/0)
Jevon Miller (4/45/0)
Brett Johnson (4/35/0)
Jonathan Larson (1/7/0)
McKenzie Hansell (2/45/0)
Sammy Moore (1/10/0)
Jesse Taylor (1/8/0)
Robert Franklin (1/5/0)
Cody Boyd (1/16/0)
Troy Bienemann (1/3/0)
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