The slot receiver took a short pass on the near sideline, broke back across the grain, juking one defender and then another as he made his way to the far sideline. Then he cut back toward midfield, made another would-be tackler miss, planted his foot and shot up the middle of the field. About a 70-yard score, the play probably covered twice that distance all told.
On one snap, the linebacker advanced just past the line with a clear path to Peyton Bender. The Cougar QB tried to loft a throw over Luvu. It actually appeared to be a pretty routine play all the way around. But Luvu leapt high to bat the pass, tipping it to himself and then taking off the other direction. Coaches and players had set up shop behind the offense so Luvu couldn’t take it back all the way, otherwise he had a pick six.
The versatile freshman closed out Sunday’s scrimmage with back-to-back sacks on Tyler Hilinski. Tago was going against the 3’s here but the speed with which he blew past the left tackle on both occasions was impressive. The one blemish: he took Hilinski to the ground on the final sack. A ticked off Mike Leach made certain Tago won’t be making that mistake again.
On the very first day the Cougs practiced kickoff returns, the second-year freshman running back opened eyes with how quickly he burst past the initial wall. The drill’s emphasis was on the return and the coverage men weren’t going 100 percent but it was striking how quickly Harrington was at the 50-yard line.
The true freshman made an extremely difficult, twisting catch on the first day back in Pullman. Sweet has been likened to his former high school teammate River Cracraft ) and he showed why on this play. Cracraft made an almost identical twisting, uber-difficult grab in the same practice.