Fall Camp: Day Five

PULLMAN—As the Cougs head into the weekend, the quarterbacks and receivers looked to continue the week's dominant theme with another strong showing in Friday's practice. The first scrimmage of Fall Camp is slated for Sunday and while the receivers have looked sharp, they also haven't experienced a defender looking to decleat them after the catch.. until now, the players hadn't put on full pads. That all changed on Friday.

Its still a little early for coach Mike Levenseller to start handing out evaluations for the receivers. However, he's been pleased with the hustle on display this first week by the corps. Greg Prator, the 6-2, 210-pound JC transfer is one who has caught the offensive coordinator's eye, both for his size and his determination.

All week long, Prator has impressed -- and Friday was no different. Cutting into traffic, the junior made a nifty reception and then absorbed a big-time hit, yet still managed to hang on to the pigskin.

Levenseller also had praise for freshman phenom Michael Bumpus; for his maturity both on and off the field. The Culver City, Calif., product has looked polished from Day One.

Chris Jordan and Jason Hill continue to round into form, although each continues to shake off a little rust. Still, Levenseller isn't worried about the projected starters at flanker and split end, respectively, and noted a little rust is to be expected -- each missed the spring due to rehab.

The top receiver this spring, Marty Martin, continued to play 'big'. He made a couple nice grabs in Friday's practice, including one where he used every bit of his 5-foot-10 frame to haul in a Josh Swogger pass. The ensuing play, Martin put all of his 186-pounds in harms way. Scampering through heavy traffic, he beat linebacker Brian Hall for a long gain over the middle.

The quarterbacks were asked to make an array of throws on Friday and they spread it around, hitting a number of different receivers. Quarterbacks coach Timm Rosenbach has been giving both Swogger and Alex Brink equal reps with the first team offense. Friday, Swogger ran with the first team for skelly, while Brink did during the full scrimmage part of Thursday's practice.

The linebackers and corners also each had their moments on Friday, especially when it came to sniffing out a play coming out of the backfield and into the flat.

With Friday marking the first day of full pads, the players had plenty of chances to take out their aggression during the course of a play. As such, it might follow that the streak of days with noteworthy extra-curricular activity would end at two.

Not the case.

For the third time in as many days, a few linemen let their emotions get the best of them. In Friday's donnybrook, two freshman were involved; defensive end Jason Roberts and o-lineman Eddie Vickers. The scuffle broke out during a drill and quickly escalated. As more players began to get involved, they all discovered something more to fear than the angry player across from them; Coach Robb Akey's thundering voice.

After putting a stop to the fracas, and after calming the players down, the defensive coordinator led them through a spirited course of "up-downs" as a unit. At the end of the up-down session, it didn't appear as if the players had the energy to fight further.

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