WSU Cougars

Offense looks sharp during WSU’s second scrimmage

The Washington State quarterbacks were stellar for the second consecutive scrimmage Saturday, Aug. 22, tossing for three combined touchdowns and no interceptions. Through two fall camp scrimmages, the quarterbacks have yet to throw a single pick.

Starter Luke Falk was 22-29 for 139 yards and two touchdowns, but he thought the offense could have played even better.

“Offense kind of played lackadaisical, and I’d like to see a few more explosive plays,” Falk said. “We finished pretty good with a few nice runs, so I was pretty happy with it.”

Jamal Morrow had perhaps the best run of the day, scampering for a touchdown run of more than 20 yards late in practice. He finished the day with 38 yards on seven carries and one score, while James Williams finished with 29 yards and one touchdown on five carries.

The defense also had its moments.

Redshirt junior safety Colton Teglovic came up with a strip while going up against the backup offense, and Darius Lemora came up with a huge hit while working with the first-team defense. Shalom Luani had an even harder hit -- perhaps the hardest hit of the entire fall camp -- to break up a pass down the middle of the field.

“On that one you’ve got to make a play, it’s third and 12, and sometimes you’re going to get hit, but you’ll feel a lot better if you catch the ball,” Falk said. “It’s the position of being receiver, sometimes you’re going to take shots. I feel bad as a quarterback when that happens, but it’s just football.”

During an impressive three-play stretch against the backup offensive line, the defensive line stuffed a run behind the line of scrimmage followed by back-to-back sacks.

“It was competitive,” WSU coach Mike Leach said. “At times there was guys trying to make too much happen, so a little bit of hesitation overall, though pretty good effort.”

That effort has been one of the major themes of the fall camp so far,

Asked if this year’s team is ahead of last year’s in terms of effort, Leach said, “No question. Indisputably, not even close.”

Leach said. “Some of that has to do with core guys that really worked hard in the offseason. Instead of just drawing from a couple of guys they’re drawing from a bigger core in the group, and it was very competitive the whole offseason, too.”

Nobody wants to be the only player not giving full effort.

“Peer pressure weighs in on them I’m sure,” Leach said. “If you’re not committed and running a drill fast or something, it’ll be clear pretty quickly because with everybody else running faster, you’ll be way back. That’ll draw a lot of attention, and it won’t be positive attention.”

As for the receivers, River Cracraft led the unit with eight receptions for 85 yards and a touchdown. Tavares Martin Jr. had seven catches for 39 yards, while Gabe Marks had six catches for 32 yards and a score.