Feature: Offense Has Good Showing in Second Preseason Scrimmage

Aug. 17, 2007

By Dustin Goodnight
Daily Evergreen

August 17, 2007

Pullman, WA (CSTV U-WIRE) -- When in doubt, throw to Michael Bumpus.

The senior wide receiver had the highlight catch of the WSU football team's second scrimmage on a 95-degree Wednesday afternoon, reeling in an 18-yard touchdown reception from quarterback Alex Brink between two defenders.

He was quickly wrestled to the ground by freshman cornerback Devin Giles and safety Husain Abdullah, but never relinquished the ball.

Giles and Abdullah each disrupted would-be touchdowns in two prior plays, but Brink had the last laugh with the rope to one of his favorite receivers.

'I was looking for him today,' Brink said. 'He's going to be our guy this year, so to see him make a big play was nice.' Freshman receiver Jeshua Anderson and senior Charles Dillon were also impressive.

Anderson, the California state 300-meter hurdles record holder, used his track speed to burn past cornerback B.T. Walker for an 25-yard score from No. 3 quarterback Cole Morgan.

Dillon turned Brink's worst pass of the afternoon into a 32-yard reception, catching an under thrown wobbler in traffic. Dillon led all receivers with 49 yards on four catches. After the scrimmage, Brink praised the receiving corps.

'That one [to Dillon] was a terrible ball,' Brink said. 'Still having a guy that can go up and make the play is nice. 'That gives me confidence, knowing that it may not be a perfect throw every time but those guys can make the play.' Freshman quarterback Marshall Lobbestael got the offense rolling with a touchdown drive in the third series. Freshman running back Logwone Mitz did the legwork with three carries, gashing the defense with a 15-yard run up the middle and a 4-yard plow. Mitz also fooled the defense with a sharp misdirection that garnered 15 yards. His 46 yards on three carries led the running backs.

The No. 1 offense followed with a Kevin McCall rushing touchdown when he jumped over the defense for a one-yard score.

The defense responded by forcing two punts courtesy of two sacks, a near interception and two tackles for loss.

As the scrimmage progressed, the defense found answers for the running game.

Redshirt sophomore Dwight Tardy was held to two yards on four carries in one series, three for no gain.

Defensive tackle Aaron Johnson knows the importance of a run defense, especially against the University of Wisconsin Badgers, first on the Cougars' plate this season.

'That's a good sign,' Johnson said. 'When we force teams to pass, many aren't really comfortable with that - especially Wisconsin. They have got a great running game.' Kicker Romeen Abdollmohammadi missed his first point after touchdown, then was perfect the rest of the scrimmage. Abdollmohammadi hit two PATs and made 42 and 44 yard kicks.

The most unrelenting foe of the day was the dry heat of the Palouse. Johnson said the team had made improvements from the first scrimmage, but still lacked intensity.

He said the heat was a factor, but come season time, playing sun-whipped is not an option.

'It's psychological and something we need to break,' he said. 'It's going to be hot in a lot of games we play this year.' The Cougars third and final scrimmage is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Martin Stadium.

(C) 2007 Daily Evergreen via CSTV U-WIRE

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