Anticipation grows for spring game

Players compete in second to last practice of spring, battle for starting quarterback job continues



Sophomore cornerback Derrick Langford and redshirt freshman wide receiver Rodrick Fisher compete for a pass during practice on March 21 in Martin Stadium.

JOHN SPELLMAN, Evergreen reporter

Just like a child gets excited on Christmas Day to open presents, the WSU football team is eagerly anticipating the annual Crimson and Gray spring game on Saturday, which is returning to Martin Stadium this year.

“I am real excited, it’s the closest we are going to get to gameday without it actually being gameday and I just cannot wait to get out there and play,” redshirt junior safety Skylar Thomas said. “It excites me a lot having the game in Pullman because it gives you the college football Saturday feeling, and we will have a lot of fans there too.”

Before the spring game, the Cougars have two practices this week with the first taking place Tuesday afternoon.

Even though spring camp has almost concluded, Head Coach Mike Leach seems no closer to naming the starting quarterback as the main candidates for the job each have proven their abilities during practice so far.

Tuesday was no different as the offense looked good behind each of the quarterbacks that got reps with the first team offense.

Redshirt freshman quarterback Cammon Cooper opened the team drills for the first time following an impressive showing at Saturday’s scrimmage.

He threw a 20-yard touchdown to redshirt senior wide receiver Brandon Arconado, before following that up with a 14-yard touchdown to senior wide receiver Dezmon Patmon.

Cooper’s third and final touchdown of the day came on the ground, as he showed off his mobility by scampering into the end zone for a 9-yard touchdown.

Redshirt senior quarterback Anthony Gordon was able to rebound Tuesday after a tough showing at the last scrimmage.

“Tinsley looked the best at the scrimmage on Saturday, but Gordon looked really good out there today,” Leach said.

Gordon showed good defensive awareness as he read the blitzes, which lead to a 40-yard screen pass to sophomore running back Max Borghi and an impressive throw to a wide-open redshirt freshman wide receiver Rodrick Fisher for a 30-yard touchdown.

Gordon closed out his day by throwing a 6-yard touchdown to redshirt-junior wide receiver Renard Bell.

Fellow redshirt senior quarterback Trey Tinsley continued his impressive spring by moving the ball down the field against the defense.

Tinsley threw a strike to Arconado on the sideline, but a good effort by Arconado led to a broken tackle and a 50-yard score. Tinsley then threw a 5-yard touchdown to Bell.

The team looks to continue their successful spring camp as they return to Martin Stadium and Rogers Field on Thursday for their final practice before the spring game Saturday.