Football is officially back on the Palouse. The culmination of five weeks of spring practices finally came to fruition on Saturday, as team Crimson surmounted team Gray by a score of 24-25 on a rainy April afternoon. Students and fans alike came together to cheer on their team, with players competing to gain a starting spot on the 2019 depth chart. CSN photographer Jack Ellis was in Martin Stadium capturing the games biggest moments and plays.
One of the most fun battles to watch during the spring game was between WR Easop Winston Jr. and DB Daniel Isom. Both players had their moments, including a deep TD reception by Winston Jr. via a dime from QB Anthony Gordon in the second quarter.
Senior Anthony Gordon proved why he is a top choice to lead the Cougar squad in 2019. Gordon showed impressive mobility early and often, repeatedly finding open field and taking advantage of lapses by the defense.
Anthony Gordon reaches paydirt on the ground in the first quarter, but the modified sack rule during the spring game kept him from putting up six on the scoreboard. No matter, as he threw a pass to Kassidy Woods on the next play to go up 7-0.
One of the intriguing storylines of spring practice was the move of freshman WR Kassidy Woods to inside receiver. Typically a position for smaller and quicker receivers, 6’4″ Woods has been a force to be reckoned with and is poised to see significant playing time in 2019.
During the 2019 Crimson and Gray game, extra point attempts were taken from the 27-yard line to test the strength and accuracy of kickers Blake Mazza and Jack Crane. K Mazza looks to build off of an impressive 2018 rookie campaign.
Senior WR Dezmon Patmon looks to make his senior season an unforgettable one, and his development over the past four years has turned him into a serious NFL prospect going into his final season in the Crimson and Gray.
WR Travell Harris does not go down easily, as his shifty playmaking ability allowed him to storm onto the scene in 2018 as a redshirt freshman. LB Dillon Sherman and S Jalen Thompson work together to take down Harris in the first quarter.
QB Anthony Gordon used his mobility to stretch the field and extend plays, something Cougar Nation became accustom to with Gardner Minshew II. Gordon has spent spring camp attempting to become a more vocal leader as he vies for a starting spot come August.
WR Easop Winston Jr. tells DB Daniel Isom to “Talk to the hand”
Sophomore RB Max Borghi was a workhorse in the spring game, as he and his fellow RBs donned the white jerseys and played for both teams. Borghi is looking to build off of a tremendous 2018 campaign, and will see an increased workload after the early departure of James Williams to the NFL Draft.
Redshirt freshman S Tyrese Ross pumps up the defense on a 3rd and long late in the first half. Ross saw significant playing time in the spring game, look for him to make appearances under fellow Safeties Jalen Thompson, Bryce Beekman, and Skyler Thomas.
In the waning seconds of the first half, with team Crimson attempting to make a dent in an early lead by team Gray, newcomer S Bryce Beekman picks off a pass to end a red zone threat. Beekman has impressed all camp and will certainty compete for a starting position in the fall.
During halftime, new Men’s Basketball coach Kyle Smith was introduced to the fans in attendance. Smith will become the 19th head coach in the history of WSU MBB.
WR Davontavean Martin heads into his junior season as the yards and TD leader from an already experienced WR corps in 2018. WSU returns its top six receivers from 2018 in terms of offensive production; opposing defenses, look out.
QB Trey Tinsley led team Crimson during the first half and part of the second. The senior will be competing against fellow seniors Anthony Gordon and EWU transfer Gage Gubrud to play under center in 2019. A victor will most likely not emerge until late in fall camp.
RB Max Borghi races past S Tyrese Ross en route to the endzone midway through the third quarter. The play was called back due to an offensive holding, but he would go on to score just a few minutes later.
One more from that run by Borghi, our pick for Preseason PAC 12 Offensive POTY.
CB Armani Marsh goes up against WR Davontavean Martin in the red zone.
Redshirt freshman WR Nick McManamon gets politely escorted out of bounds by RUSH Ron Stone Jr. and CB Derrick Langford, two defenders looking to claim a starting spot in 2019.
Another interesting roster switch was Cole Dubots move from LB to RB, and so far it appears to have been a success. Coug fans must wait until fall camp until 2019 signees Jamir Thomas and Jouvensly Bazile compete for the backup spot behind Max Borghi.
In the final seconds of the 2019 Crimson and Gray game, S Tyrese Ross made arguably the play of the game when a presumed TD reception by Renard Bell turned out to be intercepted by Ross.