TNF: Five freshmen making a statement

PULLMAN - Washington State's Thursday Night Football session was short and sweet this week. That didn’t stop players on both sides of the ball from making big-time plays. With limited reps to showcase their talent and skill sets, three Cougs on offense and two on defense took it upon themselves to separate their play from the rest of the pack. 

Here’s who had the best performances during this week’s TNF:

Dezmon Patmon 

Freshman Dezmon Patmon (pictured above) was as consistent a receiver as they come this week. He moved the sticks when the offense needed a spark and hauled in a couple highlight reel passes. One of Patmon’s best catches came when he went up between two defenders near the sidelines to make a tough grab high pointing the ball. A few plays later, Patmon was wide open across the middle and moved the chains once again after picking up 24-yards with a nice grab. Patmon’s role on the offense has somewhat diminished after losing the backup job at the X outside receiver position to fifth-year senior receiver CJ Dimry, but his great work ethic and playmaking ability have not been compromised in the process.

Anthony Gordon 

Freshman transfer Anthony Gordon had the most consistent scrimmage out of the group of quarterbacks. His night was completed by throwing one touchdown pass on the last play of TNF. Over the course of the brief practice session, he guided the offense down the field on multiple drives with a well mixed combination of run plays, short passes, screens, and deep throws. Gordon displayed his exceptional pocket awareness, great arm strength, as well as a soft touch on finesse throws. 

Riley Krentz 

Freshman Riley Krenz was late to the party, but ended up making the play of the night after pulling in a tough touchdown grab from Gordon on the last play of TNF. Krenz was defended by a couple defensive backs as he ran his route to the corner pylon of the end zone. Gordon floated it up for the first year player who did the rest by finding the ball over his shoulder and reeling in the grab.

Jahad Woods 

Freshman WILL linebacker Jahad Woods has been one of the most consistent players all season in TNF. This week was no different. His best play came after he blitzed from the outside edge and quickly got into the backfield to sack the quarterback. Woods is a sure tackler and a hard hitter, which he displayed several times this week. His standout play makes him look ready to see the field this week, but at this point in the season it seems more likely that keeping his redshirt on would make the most sense.

Skyler Thomas 

Freshman Skyler Thomas is a player who was really stepped up his game the past few weeks. He was quiet for the first half of the season in TNF scrimmages but lately has made his presence known by simply making big plays. This week Thomas broke up a couple deep passes and even saved a touchdown after hawking down Keith Harrington after he broke into the second level.

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