McCall lights up; DBs looking scrappy

PULLMAN -- The Sunday night practice closed with a goal line drill. And before the head-crackin' started, offensive line coach George Yarno approached his charges and proclaimed, "This is a defining moment in a football game!" Indeed, his troops had 99 yards of green in front of them and the snarling likes of Mrkisto Bruce standing in the way.

The first team o-line responded, getting a nice push on first down as Alex Brink went forward for two on a QB sneak.

Next, a rushing play gained nothing, possibly losing ground, as the defense took control. On third down, Brink fumbled the snap and Eric Frampton recovered in the end zone.

Swogger led the second team offense against the second team defense in the same drill. Swogger also got a solid two yard gain on a first down sneak.

On second down, DeMaundray Woolridge made some nice moves, picking up a few off left guard before DeWayne Patterson stepped up with a nice pop.

Swogger hit Jesse Taylor on third down for yardage close to a first, but Patterson came in with a fly-around tackle to keep Taylor from converting the chain-mover.

Patterson, after a late arrival due to paperwork technicalities, is starting to make plays.

Earlier, Patterson covered Michael Bumpus tight despite the receiver's repeated cuts and attempts to lose the safety. Patterson stayed with him and was only beat by a perfect pass from Brink that seemed to drop over Bumpus' shoulder at just the right second for a nice 40-yard gain.

During passing drills, Michael Willis broke hard on a Brandon Gibson comeback route. Brink's pass was on the mark and sensing Willis approaching, Gibson turned up field, avoiding the safety, and sprinting toward six.

It was unclear weather or not he would have scored as only the four secondary players manned the defensive side of the drill.

Earlier, Kevin McCall went to the house in light scrimmage for a 40-yard touchdown run down the left sideline.

Newcomer Lance Broadus went unblocked off the corner on one play during scrimmage drills, getting to the quarterback before the play had a chance to set up and showing nice burst.

Mkristo Bruce also showed ability against left tackle Bobby Byrd, repeatedly winning the battle to put heat on the passer.

Freshman linebacker Greg Trent has gotten more opportunities with Will Derting out for a couple weeks with a slight hamstring pull.

Sunday night, Trent arrived at the same time as a pass intended for Trandon Harvey, coming away with the hit of the day. Harvey was on a shallow cross route and Trent simply stepped into his path as the ball hit the receiver's hands.

Several new Cougars took math placement exams and arrived late to the 7:30pm session. The English placement exam, scheduled for Monday morning, forced coaches to schedule Monday's lone practice for 2:30pm.

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