The Washington State University football team held its first scrimmage of the fall practice period on Saturday at Martin Stadium in Pullman, and, as expected, the Cougar defense dominated the Cougar offense.
The Wazzu defense was all over the field on Saturday afternoon with four different Cougars recording sacks [redshirt senior defensive end Kevin Kooyman, redshirt sophomore defensive tackle Steven Hoffart, redshirt freshman safety Casey Locker and freshman defensive tackle Kalafitoni Pole] while also claiming a pair of interceptions, one from redshirt freshman cornerback Nolan Washington on a tipped pass by senior safety Chima Nwachukwu, and another from redshirt freshman cornerback Anthony Carpenter.
Sophomore projected starting quarterback Jeff Tuel had a rough day, connecting on only 3-of-9 for 27 yards, and also threw one of the interceptions. Redshirt junior quarterback Marshall Lobbestael completed 9-of-10 passes for 69 yards while working with the second unit. [Carpenter's interception turned out to be the only incompletion of the afternoon for Lobbestael who also tossed a 10-yard touchdown to freshman wide receiver Kristoff Williams]. The only other score of the day for the Cougar offense came on a 28-yard touchdown pass from freshman quarterback Connor Halliday to freshman wide receiver Austin Ehlo.
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Freshman wide receiver Marquess Wilson led the Cougars in both catches (six) and yards (51), while Williams (3/26), junior wide receiver Isiah Barton (2/29) and sophomore running back Carl Winston (2/14) also caught multiple passes.
On the ground, the Cougars were led by redshirt freshman Leon Brooks and redshirt senior James Montgomery, who each picked up 20 yards on five carries. Freshman Rickey Galvin also rushed five times, picking up 19 yards.
The Cougars return to the practice field Sunday for the second of five two-a-days. The morning session will begin at 8:30 a.m., while the second session will begin at 3:30 p.m.
Wazzu's next scrimmage is scheduled for Thursday, Aug. 26 at 4 p.m.
Winston (7/5); Brooks (5/20); Montgomery (5/20); Galvin (5/19); Logwone Mitz (3/11); Tuel (2/-4); Chantz Staden (1/-3); Lobbestael (1/-4); David Gilbertson (1/-5).
Lobbestael (9/10/69/1/1); Tuel (3/9/27/0/1); Halliday (3/5/56/1/0); Gilbertson (2/2/18/0/0); Dan Wagner (0/1/0/0/0).
Wilson (6/51); Williams (3/26 TD); Barton (2/29); Winston (2/14); Ehlo (1/28 TD); Jeffrey Solomon (1/11); Daniel Blackledge (1/7); Blair Bomber (1/4).
Kooyman (1); Hoffart (1); Locker (1); Pole (1).
Carpenter, Washington (1).
Washington State Sports Information contributed to this article.
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