HOT COUGAR ACTION: Fall Camp Day 11 Recap

The WSU football team held their first scrimmage of fall camp Wednesday and we have wall-to-wall coverage. First, lets start off with Jeff's post from last night with a few observations from the scrimmage highlights. WSU Athletics passed along statistics from the scrimmage, showing a very efficient 19 of 25 performance from the quarterbacks. 

As a special bonus, Brett the 49er attended the scrimmage and was kind enough to pass along a few observations. It's the least he could do after he rubbed his return to Pullman in our faces on Twitter all week. Quick side note: it is absolutely not cool to go to Cougar Country, take a picture of your food and send it to people who aren't in Pullman. Now, take it away Brett.

  • Kristoff Williams continues to show why everyone was so high on him coming into last year, before he had to sit out with turf toe for the entire season. As excited as I was about Marquess Wilson going into last season, I'm even more excited about Kristoff this year. He had one drop at scrimmage today he probably should have had, but it was by no means an "easy" catch. The ball he reeled in later from Halladay was beautiful, it had the crowd give a small cheer.
  • On a WR inside screen C.J. Mizell absolutely blew up Williams. Tracking Williams across the middle, Mizell simply stepped into place, waited, leaned a shoulder in and planted Williams on the turf. The penalty handed to Mizell afterwards for his celebration shows me he may still have a little way to go maturing, but he's definitely made some huge steps forward in that department this fall. 
  • It's been mentioned many times before, but the speed and size is there this year. My roommate joined me for the scrimmage and after about 10 plays (before I could say anything about it) he turned to me and said, "I can't believe how fast they look this year, it's like night and day compared to last season." Well said, Brett's roommate, I was thinking exactly the same thing.
  • Anthony Carpenter made one impressive play on an option ran by Marshall Lobbastael. Cutting through the offensive line with ease, Carpenter smacked down the pitch from Lobbastael and nearly fell on it for a fumble recovery.

Scrimmage recaps for days.

Backups get opportunity at WSU scrimmage - Spokesman.com - Aug. 17, 2011
PULLMAN – For the second time in the preseason, Washington State held a live scrimmage, this one Wednesday before a smattering of fans at Martin Stadium. And for the second time the offense dealt the winning hand. No matter who was on the field.

WSU scrimmages and we look at linebackers - SportsLink - Spokesman.com - Aug. 17, 2011
Do we have a lot for you. Washington State held its first Martin Stadium scrimmage of camp – with officials – and we have some notes from that. And we have our position preview on the linebackers for tomorrow's S-R and we have some more notes on that. So let's get to it. Read on.

Cougars Hold First Live Scrimmage of Fall Camp - WSUCougars.com
PULLMAN, Wash. - Washington State University held its first live scrimmage of fall camp Wednesday afternoon, working through 55 plays for 90 minutes inside Martin Stadium.

Scout.com: SCRIMMAGE 1: Depth in evidence
PULLMAN -- Building depth has been a focus for the Cougs this fall and it was re-emphasized in Wednesday afternoon’s scrimmage, the first official scrimmage of fall camp. The 45 minute session was heavily devoted to the 2s and 3s seeing action, but there was no shortage of highlights, including something from a Cougar TE that in recent times has come along about as often as a solar eclipse.

WSU Notebook: Cougars boasting depth at wide receiver " Kitsap Sun
PULLMAN — Standout wide receiver Marquess Wilson is every bit as quick on his feet off the field as on for the Washington State Cougars. Asked where he would rank WSU's deep and talented group of receivers in the Pacific-12 Conference, Wilson said, "I'd say we're in the top three."

WSU linebackers have specs, if not experience - Spokesman.com - Aug. 17, 2011
PULLMAN – One thing can be said about Washington State’s linebacker corps this season: They all look the part. Wait, there’s one more thing: They’re young.

Cougars' athletic department will aid in academic costs - Spokesman.com - Aug. 16, 2011
Faced with a $40 million budget cut in the biennium that ends with the 2013 fiscal year, Washington State University president Elson Floyd is looking for help wherever he can find it. And he will get some from his athletic department. When the Pac-12’s expanded media deal kicks in next school year, the department will assume academic service costs previously covered by the administration.

WSU Athletics has this photo gallery from the scrimmage.

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