Spring Football Comes to Close Saturday

April 9, 2008

PULLMAN, Wash. - The Washington State University football team will end a month of spring drills with its final practice this Saturday beginning at 11 a.m., at Martin Stadium.

The final practice of the spring season is typically a scrimmage, referred to in past years as the Spring Game. However, due to injuries and a lack of depth, Cougar Head Coach Paul Wulff decided it was in the best of the program to replace the final scrimmage with another practice session.

'As we continue to implement new offensive and defensive schemes, the coaching staff and I felt it was best to take advantage of the final practice as another teaching opportunity,' said Wulff. 'We are banged up at a few positions, particularly running back, where we have only one healthy body. Everyone would like to have another day to scrimmage, but at this point we are better off using that time for practice.'

The Cougars are scheduled to practice until approximately 12:30 p.m., with the final 45 minutes consisting of offense versus defense sessions, though it will be non-tackling. Following practice, an autograph session will be held on the Martin Stadium field where players and coaches will be available to sign the new 'My Color Is Crimson' poster.

The spring's final practice will be part of a WSU Mom's weekend full of Cougar sporting events in Pullman, beginning Friday at 5:30 p.m., with WSU taking on Arizona State in baseball at Bailey-Brayton Field. The Cougar baseball team will also face ASU Saturday and Sunday, while women's tennis will host Montana State Saturday at 10 a.m., and then Portland State later that afternoon at 3 p.m. Both matches will be played at the WSU Outdoor Tennis Center.

Fans wishing to attend Saturday's practice will need to enter Martin Stadium through Gate G on the south side of the stadium or through the tunnel on the northwest side next to Bohler Gym. All seating will be on the south side of the stadium with restrooms and concession areas available on the south concourse. All other concourse areas will be closed off due to ongoing Phase I and II construction.

Washington State University will open its 2008 fall schedule Aug. 30, against Oklahoma State in the Cougar Gridiron Classic at Qwest Field in Seattle.

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