Saturday Scrimmage to Conclude Spring Practice for Cougars

April 12, 2007

PULLMAN, Wash. - The Washington State University football team will hold its third and final spring scrimmage this Saturday at 1:30 p.m. at Martin Stadium, concluding spring practice for the Cougars.

The public is encouraged to attend Saturday's scrimmage free of charge with parking available in the Fine Arts garage located south of Martin Stadium. Entrance to Martin Stadium will be through the main south side gate (Gate G) and also through the tunnel located at the northwest side of the stadium.

'Saturday's scrimmage we are going to basically do what we have been doing, putting the ball in different situations on the field, maybe run a two-minute or four-minute drill at the end,' said WSU head coach Bill Doba. 'We also might try and put a goal-line package in with the ball starting at the 10. This week we are looking at a lot of different zone blitzes and zone pressures and getting in a good base and get a look at some different things that might help us this fall.'

In the first two spring scrimmages the Cougar offense has produced nine touchdowns, six through the air and three on the ground. Senior running back Kevin McCall leads all carriers with 98 yards and a spring-best 42-yard touchdown, while redshirt freshman Marcus Richmond has gained 90 yards while rushing for a pair of scores. Junior quarterback Gary Rogers has completed 15-of-22 passes for 199 yards and four touchdowns, while senior Alex Brink has connected on 14-of-23 passes for 93 yards and a touchdown in his two spring outings.

Senior Michael Bumpus leads all receivers with seven catches for 48 yards and a score, while senior Charles Dillon had six catches for 82 yards and two touchdowns in the first scrimmage.

Doba said he has been impressed with much of what he has seen this spring, on both sides of the ball.

'Offensively we are definitely ahead of where we were last spring, with Alex (Brink coming back and Gary (Rogers) has gotten a lot of reps,' the fourth-year head coach said.

'Defensively we are looking at the corner position primarily,' Doba continued. 'It really depends on the corners, if the corners can play man and hold up, that opens up (what we can do defensively). The good thing about this spring in trying to evaluate our secondary is they are going against some pretty good receivers in Brandon Gibson, Dillon and Bumpus. (The cornerbacks) will get better because they are going against really good people.'

As for the kicking game, Doba was particularly pleased with the progress of both Romeen Abdollmohammadi and Loren Langley, as the two have combined to make nine of 12 field goal attempts this spring. ''Both of them are kicking really well. They are kicking the heck out of the ball,' he said.

The Cougars will open their 2007 schedule Sept. 2 at the University of Wisconsin.

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