Gary Rogers' Diary: Week Four

PULLMAN--What's up Coug Fans? This past week was a short week for the players because of the 4th of July holiday and we worked out Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. After taking Thursday and Friday off to rest up, we're now ready for "the big push". It's hard to believe, but we only have three weeks left in summer conditioning. We plan on making the most out of them.

After these last three weeks, we'll all take one week off, and then report back for fall camp. I can't wait.

But first things first. Since this past one was a short week, we did make our voluntary workouts a bit longer, so we could get all of our lifts and runs in.

And we decided to only throw once this past week so that it would give guys time to rest up and come get back ready to start skelly. (For those who might not know, skelly refers to skeleton drills, a 7-on-7 typically run without linemen.)

We have already set up a date where we are going to throw skelly against Eastern, just like we did last year.

And it is still in the works as to when but we will also throw skelly against Idaho -- I have talked with Idaho's QB and we will be throwing against them this sometime summer.

I think every football player looks forward to and thinks it is a really good thing anytime you can go up against someone besides your own teammates. It gives you a different look, and it helps you to stay sharp.

Fall camp is less than a month away. And our first game this year comes on August 30, and that's next month. The season is almost here.

The game on the schedule, the one that I am looking forward to the most, is the season opener against Oklahoma State in Qwest Field. The reasons are simple: Not only will it be my first collegiate start, but it will be played close to my hometown.

One thing I've noticed this summer is the leadership. The first teammate I think about when I hear the word "leadership" is Greg Trent.

Greg's a tremendous leader because he leads by example. It's easier to talk than to do but Greg, he works extremely hard on and off the field and that makes everyone around him want to do the same.

This is going to have to be a shorter entry, I've got class to go to but I'll talk a little about some of the Coug receivers in the next entry. Keep the questions coming on the CF.C message boards and I will continue to try and get to as many questions as best as I can. Thanks and GO COUGS!!!!!

Gary Rogers was named the Cougs' No. 1 quarterback following the spring football session. The 6-7, 233-pounder will be a fifth-year-senior in 2008. At Kamiak High in Mukilteo, he earned first-team All-WesCo accolades and was rated among the top 30 quarterback prospects in the nation. In backing up Alex Brink the past three seasons, Rogers has played in 27 games at WSU, completing 24-of-52 passes with 3 TDs. His best outing came against Auburn in 2006, when Rogers in his first series marched the Cougs down the field on a six-play, 90-yard touchdown drive, completing 4-of-5 passes, including a 50-yard touchdown pass to Cody Boyd. Along with Mike Graise, he graciously volunteered this summer to give CF.C readers an inside look at the world of pre-season Cougar football preparations with a weekly diary.

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