PHOTO ESSAY: Scrimmaging up close

WASHINGTON STATE closed the opening week of spring ball Saturday with the first controlled scrimmage of the year. While an offense works to get its timing down in a camp's early going, the defense usually has a leg up and so it was this weekend. It's spring ball 2006, as told from the CF.C photo lens in this exclusive essay.

WSU coach Bill Doba talks to the team just before the start of Saturday's scrimmage at Martin Stadium.

Alex Brink warms up beforehand. He completed 4-of-7 passes for 26 yards.

Amid raindrops mixed with snow, Doba checks in with Mkristo Bruce during warm ups before Saturday's scrimmage.

Doba walks to the sidelines as the Cougars raise the cheer, "No. 1 in the Pac 10."

RB DeMaundray Woolridge gets stopped up by some heavy Cougar defense. "Intensity-wise I'm happy with the way they played," said Doba. "The defense was moving all over the field."

Brink looks for an open receiver down field as Bruce breaks through and closes in. The Cougar offense was unable to find the endzone against the defense Saturday. Still, eight different receivers caught passes on the day.

Dwight Tardy attempts to drive through the Cougar defensive line.

Woolridge cuts it upfield as Charles Harris seals the edge in action Saturday during the Cougars' first scrimmage of the season. Woolridge carried seven times for 23 hashes with a long of 14 yards.

After a hand off from Brink, running back Woolridge looks for an opening. Woolridge, Tardy and Kevin McCall are all vying for the starting RB job vacated by Cougar great Jerome Harrison.

Wide receivers David Talley, Corey Williams, and Jason Hill leave Martin Stadium Saturday after completing their first controlled scrimmage of spring.

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