The freshman adjusted beautifully to the ball over his right shoulder, bringing it in and sprinting for a 70-yard touchdown. Fans cheered and hollered for the young wideout, realizing he might be the Cougars' next great receiver.
Another receiver who had a spectacular day was junior All-American Marquess Wilson. The lanky receiver, who had 65 yards on four receptions, made several stunning catches all day with two of them going for touchdowns. Wilson seems to have developed a close bond with Marks as they joked around before talking to the media, debating who deserves more TV time.
"This offense is designed for everyone to touch the ball," Wilson said. "Anyone is capable of making a big play, which shows we have a lot of playmakers on this team."
The two explosive receivers with exuberant personalities made big plays all afternoon.
WSU HEAD MAN Mike Leach reiterated after practice that a starting quarterback has not been named. Both quarterbacks had stellar afternoons, neither outperforming the other.
"You guys may be the last to know," said Leach in reference to when a starter would be named.
Unofficially, Tuel finished the day 14 of 19 for 183 yards and four touchdowns. Halliday was 12 of 20 for 223 yards and three touchdowns. Tuel made one poor decision when he misread a slant route that led to an interception that was returned for a touchdown by junior safety Anthony Carpenter.
"We had a lot of fun out here," Tuel said. "Both sides of the ball showed some great things today."
Tuel added that the defense has been doing a great job adjusting to a new scheme.
"(They're doing pretty well) considering they picked me off one time, they looked pretty good," Tuel said. "I'm really happy with the defense and how far they've come."
Sophomore receiver Isiah Myers turned in a good scrimmage, as well. The tall wideout also scored two touchdowns, as well as making several catches in space. Freshman tight end Max Hersey added a touchdown, as did sophomores Bobby Ratliff and Rickey Galvin.
The offense wasn't the only story on this day. While the defense didn't shine, it did make several big plays. The biggest came when the aforementioned Carpenter took a Tuel mistake to the house. The defense also forced two fumbles and made several sacks (only requiring the defender to touch the quarterbacks, protected by blue jerseys). Sophomore Logan Mayes had two sacks following a 4 ½-sack performance in the spring game.
From the sidelines it didn't appear any major injuries were sustained during the scrimmage this afternoon, though a caravan of players are now riding the stationary bikes.
Running with the 1's:
LT- John Fullington
LG- Matt Goetz (with Jacobson getting some reps)
C- Elliott Bosch
RG- Jake Rodgers
RT- Dan Spitz
QB – Jeff Tuel
RB –Carl Winston and Leon Brooks got time with the 1s with Rickey Galvin rotating into the backfield now and then.
X-WR – Marquess Wilson
Y-WR – Rickey Galvin (Lintz out with injury)
Z-WR – Gabe Marks (Isiah Myers also got in time with the 1s)
H-WR – Gino Simone (Brett Bartolone also got some time with the 1s)
LT- Matthew Bock
NT- Ioane Gauta
RT- Steven Hoffart(Travis Long rotated between BUCK and DE)
BUCK- Travis Long
SAM- Eric Oertel (Cyrus Coen also got in work with the 1s)
MIKE- Darryl Monroe
WILL- Chester Sua and Justin Sagote shared the snaps
CB- Daniel Simmons
CB- Damante Horton
FS- Tyree Toomer and Anthony Carpenter shared the snaps
SS- Deone Bucannon