Offense picks it up in second scrimmage

Saturday's scrimmage, the second of the Spring, saw great improvement from the offense. Quarterbacks Derek Anderson and Adam Rothenfluh each had two touchdown passes while redshirt freshman Ryan Gunderson added another.

Anderson’s first touchdown toss came on a 14-yard strike to tight end Joe Newton on the first series of the day. The key play of the drive came on a 37-yard hook-up with another tight end, Dan Haines.

The Scappose kid completed all three of his passes on the drive and played to his strengths by going to his tight ends for two of his three completions, his third was to wide out Mike Hass.

Two series later Rothenfluh led a quick touchdown drive. After a short run by running back Yvenson Bernard and an incomplete pass to wide receiver Josh Hawkins, Rothenfluh completed a fade route to junior college transfer Kevin Swanigan who streaked down the sidelines for a 70-yard score.

Although the offense did rack up significant yards at times during the day, the defense still shined.  Defensive end Bill Swancutt had a number of sacks while redshirt freshman Joe Rudulph had two sacks of his own, showing that there is some depth at the defensive end position.

On the day Anderson completed 11-of-20 passes for 152 yards and two touchdowns, but he also threw two interceptions.

Not to be out done, Rothenfluh completed 10-of-15 passes for 198 yards, two touchdowns and no interceptions. Gunderson completed 4-of-5 passes for 74 yards, including a 38-yard touchdown to Hawkins.

Cornerback Aric Williams had a strong day defensively notching two interceptions from starting quarterback Derek Anderson.

As the day went on many of the media members and a few of the former players that were in attendance were on cell phones getting updates on the NFL Draft. It wasn’t until the scrimmage was over that Beaver fans learned of Steven Jackson’s selection by the St. Louis Rams as the No. 24 pick of the 2004 NFL Draft.

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