SPRING BALL DAY TWO: Quarterbacks shine

<b>PULLMAN--After an opening practice beset with wind and rain, the skies calmed on Wednesday and the performances on offense rose to match. Running backs made tight cuts and receivers ran crisp routes. But the session belonged to four field generals -- tight spirals were the order of the day and each QB ran the drills with precision and confidence.

All the quarterbacks shrugged off the first day rust and performed well on Day Two -- a number of nice passes resulting in completions and good gains filled the second day of spring ball.

For junior Josh Swogger, it wasn't so much the number of completed passes but how he placed his passes in a spot only the receiver would be able to make the play.

Swogger's rehab continues to come along at a good clip and on Wednesday, he looked more and more like the player he was before the injury bug slowed him last season.

Sophomore Alex Brink, the first quarterback since Ryan Leaf to win the Apple Cup, looks much more comfortable these days running the offense.

Quarterbacks coach Timm Rosenbach recalled last spring when it was Swogger who made the big maturity jump from winter, and then again from May until August. Rosenbach said he's seeing similar focus and confidence from Brink coming off his redshirt freshman season.

On Wednesday, Brink showed both poise and an inclination to look for the long completion, hitting his target more often than not.

Brink did, however, throw the day's lone interception -- Husain Abdullah, filling the free safety position vacated by his older brother Hamza, made the pick.

Redshirt freshman Gary Rogers displayed improved overall accuracy as compared to last season -- particularly on the deep passing routes. Rogers has been working on his fundamentals -- his improved footwork inside the pocket and behind the line of scrimmage were both evident during Wednesday's session.

Coming in as a grayshirt and enrolling in January, Cole Morgan doesn't look like someone who hasn't played in a game since Ballard High's state title contest in 2003. Morgan said he worked with a trainer all fall and winter while coaching at his alma mater.

Notes:
There are a number of new walk-ons participating in spring ball -- here's the rundown:

TE Tony Thompson (6-2, 236) FR
Seattle, Wash. (Ballard High)

WR Joe Reynolds (6-2 185) FR
Burien, Wash. (Highline High)

RB Darren Moss (5-10 190) FR
Puyallup, Wash. (Emerald Ridge High)

DB Jason Walters (5-9 178) FR
Anacortes, Wash. (Anacortes High)

DB Brady Emmons (5-10 193) FR
Everson, Wash. (Meridian High)

DB Josh Hayden (5-11 185) JR
Kennewick, Wash. (Southridge High)

LB Justin Togiai (6-2 231) FR
Kennewick, Wash. (Southridge High)

OL Justin Luafalemana (6-0 272) JR
Kaunakakai, Hawaii (Molokai/Midland Lutheran)

LB Robert McNamara (6-0 223) FR
Silverdale, Wash. (Central Kitsap High)

OL Luis Rodriguez (6-4 285) FR
Lacey, Wash. (Timberline High)


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