Big Plays on Both Sides Highlight Cougars’ First Spring Scrimmage

Big Plays on Both Sides Highlight Cougars’ First Spring Scrimmage

The Cougar offense accounted for six touchdowns while the defense picked off four passes and had 10 sacks to highlight play during Washington State football’s first scrimmage of the spring Saturday morning at Martin Stadium.

The first score of the day game on the second offensive drive when redshirt junior quarterback Trey Tinsley found senior receiver Kyle Sweet on a short, two-yard touchdown pass. The next two scores came with redshirt junior quarterback Anthony Gordon leading the offense. He found freshman receiver Roderick Fisher on a nine-yard scoring strike followed by a 13-yard touchdown connection with Sweet.

Sweet completed the hat trick courtesy of freshman quarterback Cammon Cooper as the two hooked up for a 20-yard scoring strike. Cooper, one of five quarterbacks to see action Saturday, connected on the longest offensive play of the afternoon as his first completion went to freshman running back Max Borghi on a 51-yard shovel pass. Cooper added a 10-yard touchdown run and capped the scoring with a 14-yard strike to junior receiver Dezmon Patmon.

Sweet finished his afternoon with five catches for 62 yards and three scores, while redshirt-senior running back Keith Harrington tallied five receptions out of the backfield for 45 yards. Redshirt-junior running back James Williams carried five times for 45 yards to lead the rushing attack.

Tinsley finished the day 10-of-13 for 68 yards and a score, while Gordon was 12of-17 for 98 yards and two scores. Cooper was 8-of-20 for 160 yards, two scores and two picks.

The Cougars defense had a strong day, finding itself in the backfield much of the afternoon. Led by a spirited defensive line, WSU’s defense accounted for 10 sacks and multiple drive-ending plays. Redshirt-freshman defensive back Armani Marsh stepped in front of a Cooper pass to get the first pick of the day while safety Hayden Schmidt picked quarterback Connor Neville midway through the scrimmage. Redshirt-freshman linebacker Fa’avae Fa’avae joined the fun with a pick of Neville and redshirt-sophomore Skyler Thomas grabbed a Cooper pass near the end zone and raced the length of the field for the pick-six.

Redshirt-junior linebacker Tristan Brock and redshirt-sophomore linebacker Justus Rogers led the way with four tackles each, with Brock adding a sack. The defensive line shared the wealth in the backfield accounting for eight sacks, two by redshirt-freshman Dallas Hobbs.

Redshirt-sophomore kicker Jack Crane was perfect on the day hitting field goals from 34, 44, 44 and 47 yards.

The Cougars resume spring practice Tuesday at 2:30 p.m. at Rogers Field and Martin Stadium.