Football

Friday Night Scrimmage: What you need to know

Washington State, just back from Lewiston, Idaho, spent their first day home in Martin Stadium for a full contact scrimmage.

As many may have presumed, the offense was lead by Anthony Gordon, Trey Tinsley and Gardner Minshew for first team reps.

The sharpest of the group would be Minshew. He polished off his first series with a pair of touchdowns to junior wide receiver Brandon Arconado. Minshew found a comfort zone in checking down to halfback Keith Harrington, but that did not deter him from throwing a strike when appropriate.

Minshew also hit Jamire Calvin between the hashes on a slant resulting in a race to the pylon. I believe it ruled short of the end zone, but nonetheless a great competitive display on both sides of the ball.

Tinsley started out hit and miss. He threw an interception to linebacker Dominick Silvels in his first series but later found redemption with a touchdown to Jamire Calvin on a corner route.

Tinsley’s second series was interception free and highlighted by an explosive connection to Arconado running a skinny post. A few plays later, he and Easop Winston Jr. coupled for six recording the signal callers second score.

The biggest surprise of the day was undoubtedly Anthony Gordon. He was unusually quiet for a guy who is known for his ability to make big plays.

Passes were completed to Jamire Calvin, Tay Martin, and Easop Winston Jr. in his first series but nothing ever strung together. However, he did scramble for the left corner of the end zone after getting flushed from the pocket.

His second series featured a notable amount of quality touches by the halfbacks, but a few overthrows and strong defensive play killed the drive abruptly.

Staying objective and refraining from a recency bias, it is hard to make assumptions based on the collective work of all three viable quarterbacks.

Coach Leach is not ready to name a front runner for the competition, but he did admit that Minshew had the best day. He also vocalized that it would be cut down to two candidates sometime in the upcoming week.

Miscellaneous Notes

  • Williams, Borghi and Harrington run through contact and fall forward with consistency; a trait I am excited to start taking for granted.
  • When Deion Singleton wraps up, his form is textbook.
  • Arconado reeled in three receptions for 57 yards and two scores.
  • The defense played physical and only got charged with one pass interference call.
  • Defensive line recorded six sacks; zero against the starting offensive line.
  • Cammon Cooper got second team reps.
  • Clay Markoff saw a few touches from the backfield but will primarily be used as a blocker of sorts.
  • Dominick Silvels interception was due 80 yards west had the play not been blown dead by staff.
  • Jack Crane and Blake Mazza both went 2/3 on field goals that ranged from 35-45 yards.

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