WSU QB's toss 88 passes in 106-play scrimmage

ONE OF the prevailing themes this spring has been the Cougs may run more in 2015, with as much as 25 percent of the snaps under center and a whirling dervish of a third back in Keith Harrington. Then again, Coug quarterbacks threw the ball on 83 percent of the 106 plays run during Saturday's scrimmage. Here's all the stats from the day's scrimmage, including a crooked line by CB Marcellus Pippins.

The focus may have been on the quarterbacks and the 10 touchdown passes, but the three primary Washington State running backs had productive outings.

Keith Harrington, Gerard Wicks and Jamal Morrow tallied a combined 91 yards on 14 touches (6.5 ypc). Add in the Tyler Hilinski, Luke Falk and Robert Lewis carries and you get 111 on 18 carries (6.2 ypc). Not too shabby.

Meanwhile, the quarterbacks put up some nice completion rates - Peyton Bender was at 75 percent, Falk was 71 percent, Hilinski completed 53 percent of his passes and Connor Ennis was at 67 percent. Combined the Cougar QBs were 68 percent on the day, with 10 touchdowns against two interceptions.

Kyrin Priester (eight catches, 98 yards) and Calvin Green (seven receptions, 91 yards) led the way in a scrimmage where 18 Cougars caught at least one pass. Harrington had 92 all-purpose yards.

On defense, Marcellus Pippins was one busy cornerback.

He led the team with eight tackles (six primary, two assists) and had both of the day's interceptions (one off Bender, one off Falk). Not surprisingly, Mike Leach mentioned him among the group that stood out to him in the scrimmage (Darryl Paulo, Peyton Pelluer, Parker Henry, Green, the first-string o-line [LT Joe Dahl, LG Gunnar Eklund, C Riley Sorenson, RG Eduardo Middleton, RT Cole Madison] and Falk and Bender).

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