Siderius, with the stronger leg, sometimes looks like the full-meal deal --- as he did connecting from 48 and 42 yards out on Saturday --- and other times seems hellbent on imitating Timothy Robbins in Bull Durham (he missed Saturday from 28 and 24 yards).
Just to make it official, the phrase "the kicking game continues to be a source of concern" has now appeared in three consecutive CF.C scrimmage recaps.
"We still need to work with our field goal kickers," Doba said. "About the time I think one guy has the job won, he will miss two and the other guy comes through. That is something we will have to continue in the fall."
That's a major disappointment, because the Cougars hoped the spring session would be a springboard to better things in the kicking game following a 2004 campaign in which freshman Langley connected on just 5 of 11 field goal attempts while Siderius, a senior-to-be who focused mostly on kickoffs, made 1 of 3 treys.
One bright spot in the leg department, though, continues to be punter Kyle Basler. He had a great spring and capped it Saturday with booming punts of 54, 55 and 56 yards. He'll contend for All-America honors in 2005.
ANOTHER GUY WHOSE performance Saturday portended good things for the Cougars was defensive end Adam Braidwood, a senior-to-be from British Columbia. Four of his five tackles came in the form of sacks. And his linemates added another six sacks, with Reyshawn Bobo posting three of them and Bryan Olsen, who led all tacklers with six stops, getting two. Head coach Bill Doba called Olsen's work "great."
Defensive end Adam Braidwood closes in on QB Alex Brink during the WSU spring finale on Saturday. Braidwood tallied four sacks on the day.
While the offense had its moments, the defense's performance was the real story because it struggled against the high-octane O so much this spring.
"Overall I was very pleased with our progress," Doba said after the two-your workout. "I thought the defense played a little better than they have. I really like the attitude of this club."
Asked to look ahead to next season, Doba was succinct: "I think we are going to be pretty good. There is talent," he commented. "You don't know playing against each other. We'll find out against Idaho (in the season opener)," he did caution.
In the quarterback department, where incumbent starter Josh Swogger (foot) remained on the sidelines as he has in every scrimmage this spring, Alex Brink completed 9 of 17 passes for 156 yards, including a four-yard scoring strike to tight end Troy Bienemann. Brink and second-year freshman Gary Rogers (9 of 17 for 76 yards) took the majority of snaps in the finale. Morgan completed 4 of 7 passes for 38 yards, including a five-yard scoring aerial to Kip Curtis.
RB Jerome Harrison averaged 4.8 yards per carry, scoring a pair of TDs in Saturday's spring finale.
"We were really sharp early (in the scrimmage)," Doba noted. "We went through six or seven series without any penalties. Then we kind of lost focus and got a little sloppy at the end."