On a beautiful sunny Saturday in Pullman, Coach Paul Wulff watched his Washington State Cougars run through their second scrimmage this spring.
Saturday belonged to the two quarterbacks on the roster who are still standing.
Kevin Lopina, fifth-year senior, enjoyed his best outing by completing 12-17 passes for 162 yards and a touchdown. He made good decisions and did not throw an interception.
The longest play of the scrimmage was a Lopina to sophomore Jared Karstetter connection good for 36 yards. Both players are beginning to click together.
Lopina fired a seven-yard touchdown pass to redshirt junior Johnny Forzani, the speedster from Canada.
Redshirt sophomore Dan Wagner remains the other healthy signal caller. He was effective through the air as well, completing 5-9 for 58 yards.
In the battle for the starting tight end slot, Skylar Stormo impressed by hauling in one of Wagner's passes for 31-yards.
Both Karstetter and fellow true sophomore Kevin Norrell continue to improve on their play of last season. They top the depth chart for obvious reason. Karstetter and Norrell got the job done by collecting 4 catches for 66 yards and 5 catches for 50 yards respectively. Each is building on their true freshman experience and off season strength and conditioning.
There was less production out of the Cougar running game Saturday afternoon. Collectively, the running backs went for 52 yards on 18 carries. Logwone Mitz powered his way to 25 yards on seven carries to lead all rushers.
The scrimmage was effective for the defense too, despite most of the linebacking corps is nursing an injury of one sort or another.
Redshirt freshman Cory McKay batted two passes from his defensive end position, one of which fell into the hands of fellow redshirt freshman Dan Spitz for an interception.
Xavier Hicks, a leader of the Cougs defensive secondary, picked off an errant pass for an interception.
Casey Hamlett, Josh Luapo and Anthony Laurenzi each registered a sack on the day.
For the fans on hand, it was a near-perfect spring afternoon at Martin Stadium. Soaking up some sun and watching the evolution of Cougar football made for an outstanding Saturday.
Be sure to make plans to be in town next Saturday for the final scrimmage. The forecast calls for a typical fall day, with the session scheduled to begin at 10am in Martin Stadium. You don't want to miss seeing the progress the players have made during the off season.
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