PHOTO ESSAY: Fall scrimmage up close

PULLMAN -- Washington State wrapped up the opening week of camp with the fall's first scrimmage this weekend out on the Palouse. The Cougar defense flexed their muscles, and Jason Hill reminded everyone why he's an All-America candidate. Presented in living Technicolor, this exclusive crimson and gray 21-shot pictorial, as seen through the CF.C photo lens.




A Saturday scrimmage melee of crimson and gray, as CB Don Turner and FS Husain Abdullah combine to deny WR Jason Hill a reception


Jason Hill, an All-America candidate and having a very good fall camp, caught this Gary Rogers bomb despite tough coverage from Turner. The senior corner nearly pried the pigskin loose, but Hill used both hands to secure the 45-yard completion, the offense's longest play of the day


DE Lance Broadus was among a number of standouts during the Cougs' first fall scrimmage as the defense dominated. To put the day into context, the offense played without starting QB Alex Brink most of the day, and WSU's staff substituted liberally throughout in order to take a longer look at some of the youth in the Washington State coffers. Still, coach Bill Doba expressed disappointment overall with the outing


Kicker Romeen Abdollmohammadi was true, going 4-for-4 on FG attempts Saturday. Doba said the Cougar walk-on has moved ahead of junior Loren Langley on the depth chart. Langley was 1-of-4 on his attempts. No. 2 quarterback Gary Rogers has assumed the job of holder for '06


Darryl Blunt launches one. The redshirt sophomore turned in a 44.6 yard average Saturday, with boots of 51, 41, 41, 50 and 40 yards. Fritz Brayton also had a nice afternoon, with punts of 46, 39, 46 and 44 yards


Alex Brink was battling a virus Saturday, and was limited to only a few plays by the coaching staff


One of the best fall camp battles out on the Palouse occurs daily between right tackle Charles Harris and defensive end Mkristo Bruce, with neither senior willing to surrender an inch


QB Gary Rogers sets his feet during Washington State's scrimmage. The sophomore took the majority of the snaps Saturday, completing 7-of-13 passes for 93 yards, including a 17-yard touchdown strike to senior TE Cody Boyd


QB Arkelon Hall lets fly with one. The redshirt freshman quarterback was injured towards day's end -- the initial diagnosis by the WSU staff was a high ankle sprain. Hall, who had been locked in a battle with Cole Morgan for the No. 3 spot, had one of two Cougar TD passes on the day, connecting with WR Finas Rabb


Linebacker Scott Davis zeros in on running back DeMaundray Woolridge, as both players plant and cut on the new turf in Martin Stadium


TE Jed Collins eludes a diving Ryan Kensok. With CBs Tyron Brackenridge (hamstring) and Markus Dawes (muscle strains, illness) sidelined, Kensok, a redshirt sophomore started with the No. 1 defense at corner opposite Turner


Brink rolls out, looking downfield for his target. Before illness hit, Brink had continued his hot start in fall camp during Friday's morning session as he went 10-12 in live action drills


RB Derrell Hutsona has impressed his first WSU fall camp, and handled all punts and kickoffs during the scrimmage. It is expected once the season starts Michael Bumpus will return as the No. 1 punt returner, with Hutsona among the leading candidates for the kickoff return job


Defensive end Matt Mullennix comes off the edge to apply pressure. The junior has assumed a leadership role his first camp as a starter, turning in a number of standout plays and making an effort to help tutor WSU's incoming rookies


Kevin McCall looks for daylight against a jacked up Cougar defense


Tight end Tony Thompson comes in motion as Hall surveys the line


DeMaundray Woolridge and the rest of the running backs found little room to roam against a strong Washington State defensive front


Rogers, a strong-armed 6-foot-7 sophomore, spins it during the first fall scrimmage of 2006.


Outside linebacker Andy Mattingly moves in for the tackle


Walk-on receiver Andy Largent, out of Spokane's Shadle Park High, gained eight yards on this reception


The offensive and defensive lines clash Saturday as Washington State wrapped up the opening week of camp with the fall's first scrimmage out on the Palouse


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