WSU SCRIMMAGE: O & D each make their case

LEWISTON — On the final day of camp in Lewiston, starters and depth on both sides of the ball had the opportunity to showcase their skills. The No. 3 quarterback position has been contested but one true freshman stole the show in the scrimmage. On defense, a sophomore linebacker stood out in the extended scrimmage by making quick breaks to the ball and wrapping up smartly.

The scrimmage went for 70-plus plays. All told, the offense found the end zone five times, while the defense racked up five "sacks" plus a number of tackles-for-loss. As Leach had said, the third-team offense and defense got about 30 of those 70 snaps.

Sophomore LB Jeremiah Allison has been receiving reps with the No. 2 defense throughout camp. Allison did not work with the twos at all Sunday in scrimmage, but he sure was impressive with the third unit. The 6-2, 220-pounder from Los Angeles, Calif. has played all three traditional LB spots, but has seemed to settle in at WILL.

On Sunday at the WILL, Allison stuffed freshman RB Jamal Morrow for a two-yard loss on his first play.

"The transitions have been slowing my process and my continuation." Allison said. "I need to keep on gnawing at the bits and getting better and better…I mean as you can see I did a good job out here today."

Later on in the scrimmage, Allison laid a bone-shattering hit on freshman wide receiver John Thompson as he met him at the line of scrimmage and tackled him for a loss of two yards. On back-to-back plays, Allison made tackles on Morrow as well.

"Our emphasis is running to the ball," Allison said. "We want to build good habits and run to the ball."

Allison finished the day with six tackles and one for a loss.

MANY OF THE Cougar LBs soared during the scrimmage.

Sophomore LB Darryl Monroe was aggressive and shooting the gaps and stuffing the running game. Monroe had a tipped pass off a Halliday throw that was intended for freshman WR River Cracraft.

Monroe is also a very cerebral linebacker. The 6-1, 235-pound Monroe read a screen pass beautifully that Halliday had set up for sophomore RB Teondray Caldwell. Monroe met Caldwell head on and tackled him for an eight-yard loss.

Senior LB Justin Sagote and junior LB Cyrus Coen also notched a tackle for loss as well while working with the No. 1 defense.

Junior BUCK Ivan McLennan had back-to-back "sacks" while working with the third unit today.

Senior nose tackle Ioane Gauta knotted a sack on junior QB Connor Halliday too.

ON THE OTHE side of the ball, Halliday looked comfortable under center. One play in particular, Halliday was flushed from the pocket and while on the run, threw it on a dime to WR Cracraft for a 34-yard touchdown pass.

Halliday finished the day with 2 TD passes and no interceptions, going 13-of-19 for 117 yards.

Redshirt freshman QB Austin Apodaca found many receivers in the scrimmage. He tossed a pinpoint 25-yard TD pass right into sophomore WR Dominique Williams' hands as he was being covered by senior cornerback Damante Horton.

Apodaca finished the day 9-of-14 for 87 yards with a TD and no INTs.

THE CROP of true freshman QBs working toward the No. 3 spot finally had an extended opportunity to get reps at full speed. Freshman Tyler Bruggman showed poise in the pocket and did not seem flustered at all.

Bruggman tossed an absolute laser downfield to WR Vince Mayle for a 65-yard TD on one play.

"The OL did a great job…I had a lot of time back there," Bruggman said. "Vince was able to get behind the safety and I was able to connect."

Bruggman finished the day going 4-5 for 96 yards and one touchdown. He also did not throw any interceptions.

THE O-LINE HAD their second straight day of providing excellent protection for the QBs, catching the attention of head coach Mike Leach.

"I thought pretty crisp execution for this time of year," Leach said. "We had two units on the OL play pretty well."

ON THE GROUND, while there were a number of TFLs, walk on sophomore RB Jeremiah Laufasa built on his solid performance from Saturday by scoring on a four-yard TD up the gut.

Leach liked what he saw from the running game, but he wanted to see more.

"I thought it was pretty good...would have liked to have got more in," Leach said. "I think Jeremiah Laufasa has been a real pleasant surprise and has really done some good things running the football."

SOPHOMORE RECEIVER Brett Bartolone had some excellent grabs and also caught a pass from Halliday in the back of the end zone for a 20-yard score.

Senior kicker Andrew Furney started practice off by missing his first PAT, banging it off the left FG post. In scrimmage, Furney was perfect on both of his attempts at PATs and also knocked down a 20-yard field goal.

• Vince Mayle led the Cougs in receiving yards with 72 hashes, while Cracraft had 46 yards.
• Freshman running back Gerard Wicks led the Cougars in receptions, with five grabs.
• Freshman RB Jamal Morrow led all rushers compiling 17 yards on three attempts. (Wicks had an 18-yard carry on one play.)
• K Wes Concepcion got a chance to kick one PAT during scrimmage, but missed on the attempt.
• Junior OL Devonte McClain was not in attendance today. As is customary, Leach did not say why McClain or others were absent.
• A pair of freshmen walk on QBs got in on the action. Luke Falk went 6-9 for 39 yards and Connor Ennis was 4-6 for 21 yards. Neither of the freshman threw a TD pass
• On Monday, WSU will get their first day off since fall camp began 10 days ago. The Cougs will resume camp – in Pullman – on Tuesday afternoon.

Running with the 1s

QB– Connor Halliday
RB – Teondray Caldwell and Marcus Mason
X, H, Y, and Z receivers – Many players receiving reps
LT- Gunnar Eklund
LG- Joe Dahl
C- Elliott Bosch
RG- John Fullington
RT- Rico Forbes

DE- Toni Pole
NT- Ioane Gauta
DE- Xavier Cooper
BUCK- Destiny Vaeao
SAM- Cyrus Coen and Tana Pritchard
MIKE- Darryl Monroe
WILL- Justin Sagote and Tana Pritchard
CB- Nolan Washington
CB - Damante Horton
S – Deone Bucannon
S – Taylor Taliulu

RB Theron West
S Paris Taylor
WR Tyler Baker
LB Austin Rapp
LB Feddie Davey
S Bennett Bontemps
WR Ryan Turman

Not in attendance:
OL Matt Meyer
LB Chester Sua
S Darius Lemora
DL Paulo Lepua
OL Devonte McClain

Cougfan Top Stories