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Cougar Football: 3 takeaways from first scrimmage of Washington State fall camp

LEWISTON - Washington State lined up for their first scrimmage of fall camp on a sweltering afternoon with the temperature in the 90's. Mike Leach called for his Air Raid offense to run 91 plays from scrimmage. The Cougs cranked out nearly 500 yards through the air and on the ground. No surprise highlights of the session came from the WSU passing attack featuring Robert Lewis hauling in virtually everything thrown his way.

If the torrid temps in Lewiston influenced the level of play, the offense would have taken a pass on using the weather as an excuse. It was a scrimmage where the Cougar offense took what they wanted from the defense.

1.     Lewis MVP of the day

-       Though there aren’t actually awards handed out after scrimmaging in Lewiston, fourth-year junior Robert Lewis deserved some gold for his performance today. Lewis made a number of highlight reel plays today including a touchdown through the air, a rushing score, a huge third-down conversion and a key block that opened up a lane for redshirt freshman running back James Williams.

2.     Play of the day

-       There were a lot of highlights from the offense today but Williams picked up the biggest gainer after catching a pass out of the back field. Luke Falk completed a simple check down toss to Williams as Cougfans have seen so many times before. After he made one defender miss, he reversed field and picked up a big block from Lewis. Williams dodged a few more tackles down field before he was eventually tackled at the goal line.

3.     Inside receivers show up big-time

-       John Thompson, River Cracraft (pictured above), Kyle Sweet, and Lewis each had their share of touchdowns today. Thompson had two catches that went for big gains including a touchdown on a catch-and-run that ended with him reaching out for the pylon. Cracraft definitely had his best day of camp with 5 receptions for 42 yards and a big touchdown on a deep throw from Tyler Hilinski. Sweet had a relatively quiet day. His one reception went for a TD right after coach JaMarcus Shephard was teasing him for not having a big play yet.

We'll have a complete summary of today's scrimmage later this evening.

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