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3 takeaways: WSU defense dominates Thursday Night Football scrimmage

PULLMAN - Washington State scrimmages every week of the season with players who are trying to work their way onto the depth chart for game day. Mike Leach dubs these sessions Thursday Night Football. We've got TNF highlights of a WR with size, a transfer QB with a big arm and solid play by the Cougar defense.

1.     Dimry Thursday night MVP

-       C.J. Dimry (6-5, 201) has put on a show at both Thursday Night Football scrimmages this year. Today he was targeted more than any other player on the field and put up two scores in the process. Dimry (pictured above) is not only a definite deep threat, he can outrun and shake defenders as he did multiple times today.

2.     Defense dominates (everyone but Dimry)

-       Dimry is clearly playing on different level then the rest of the TNF bunch, but the defense doesn’t seem to have a problem with anyone besides him. They didn’t allow any other scores and stuffed multiple red zone attempts. If it weren’t for Dimry, the defense would have had a perfect day. Sacks, tackles for loss, and good tackling was seen from a lot of young players on D today.

3.     QB analysis, Gordon improving

-       Today Tyler Hilinski got some live reps in Thursday night. He struggled at times early on but eventually got the ball down the field. My guess is the coaches just wanted him to get some extra work in on his mechanics so they put him in the on this TNF. Meanwhile, Anthony Gordon definitely looks like he’s starting to find his rhythm in this offense (thanks to some help from Dimry). Gordon looks much more comfortable making reads and throws and it shows in the touch he puts on the ball. He had several tight throws that went for big gains in this week's TNF.

Check back later on Cougfan for a complete report covering today's session.

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