WSU SCRIMMAGE: D rules but Halliday hits mark
DARRYL MONROE
DARRYL MONROE
Cougfan.com Correspondent
Posted Apr 13, 2013


PULLMAN -- Mom’s Weekend at Washington State on Saturday left the defense asking the offense ‘Who’s your daddy?’ WSU held their first extended scrimmage of the spring in Martin Stadium and the defense, by and large, got the better of an inconsistent offense. Both quarterbacks had their moments, particularly Connor Halliday, but the Cougs continue to search for their footing in the run game.

A season removed from occupying the cellar in team rushing, the Cougs failed to show onlookers on Saturday why anything would be much different in 2013.

Removing freshman quarterback Austin Apodaca’s 30-yard scramble from the equation, the Cougs were able to muster a paltry 18 yards on 18 carries for the afternoon. And this was with their top two nose tackles missing the scrimmage due to injury -- Ioane Gauta and Toni Pole.

Fourth-year junior Theron West had the best output of the running backs, with 26 yards on six carries.

Through the air, things were a little more promising.

It took time, in part due to helter-skelter weather conditions and in part due to some pilfering Cougs on defense, but the WSU quarterbacks finally started clicking with receivers toward the latter half of scrimmage. More on that later…

DEFENSIVELY, THE COUGS locked down the offense for much of the afternoon. Third-year sophomore MIKE Darryl Monroe set the tone early, crushing a few ball carriers often and early.

Monroe destroyed third-year sophomore tailback Jeremiah Laufasa on back-to-back plays and followed up those explosive hits by absolutely obliterating freshman wideout Robert Lewis on a crossing pattern over the middle. Lewis would not hold on to the ball.

Monroe also had two pass-deflections.

These days, Monroe’s knee injury against UNLV at home in 2011 looks to be a blessing in disguise. Sure, he missed that entire season and redshirted instead, and had one hell of a battle to get back to 100 percent. But a year in the weight room and an extra year in the film room looks to have done wonders for Monroe. By the looks of it, he’s going to be turning a lot of heads in 2013.

The biggest surprise on defense was the reemergence of senior corners Nolan Washington and Damante Horton.

Washington and Horton ran with the 1’s all afternoon, and played admirably after missing most of the spring with injuries at a position that had underwhelmed before Saturday. Horton looked to have suffered a knee injury just two practices ago, but now appears to be just fine.

Elsewhere on defense, senior walk-on Matthew Bock continues to hold down the right-end spot, and made his presence known Saturday. Bock recorded four tackles at the line of scrimmage on would-be runners.

“Gotta love it, baby,” Bock said. “I just want to have fun. That’s pretty much my goal.”

Bock wouldn’t shy away from taking jabs at the offense when giving the chance.

“We’re just trying to go in there and shut down that prolific ‘Air Raid’ offense,” Bock snarled. “Seeing them up-down every day, it’s fun. We play defense here, period.”

Darryl Paulo continued to plug up holes in the middle and even got himself a “sack” on the day, as did Lyman Faoliu, Xavier Cooper, Max Hersey and Austin Brown.

Coming away with interceptions on the day were Eric Oertel, Beau Glover and Mitch Peterson, who made a diving snag off a deflected pass.

WITH WINDS WHIPPING and hail hurling down, pass catchers and pass throwers were noticeably uncomfortable.

“The biggest problem was just the receivers were kind of struggling catching it,” said fourth year junior Connor Halliday. “In scrimmages like this every slow start is going to be magnified.”

Halliday had an efficient day, completing 25 of his 36 attempts for 249 yards and three touchdowns.

Halliday seemingly has a leg up on the quarterback battle headed into summer workouts, but Apodaca isn’t giving in. The nimble product of Longmont, Colo. is making sure the coaches will have food for through before awarding the starting gig to the more experienced Halliday.

On the afternoon, Apodaca completed 19 of his 34 pass attempts for 228 yards and two touchdowns, but he also threw three interceptions.

Apodaca’s scrambling ability surely opened coaches’ eyes though, as a 30-yard scamper was one of the highlights of the day. He’d later sneak the ball in from one-yard out, raising his touchdown total on the day to three, matching Halliday.

The three interceptions are concerning, but Halliday isn’t crowning himself much of anything just yet.

“You don’t look at it this early,” Halliday said. “You just put yourself in the best position to make their decision an easy one.”

Catching passes was a challenge for most of the afternoon as balls were consistently hitting the turf, though a couple guys stood out.

Sophomore Gabe Marks, despite two or three drops on the afternoon, finished the day with 11 catches for 123 yards and two touchdowns. Marks continues to be a favorite target for just about every quarterback on roster.

Fourth-year junior Kristoff Williams also had himself a solid outing, catching seven balls for 97 yards and two touchdowns. Williams rotated with the 1’s, 2’s and scout team on the day, giving him a few more opportunities than others.

The Cougs are back at it Tuesday at 3 p.m. on Martin Stadium preparing for the Crimson and Gray game, which takes place this upcoming Saturday.

NOTABLE NOTE:
The stadium was open to all, including the suites and press box sections for tours on this Mom’s Weekend at WSU. With miserable weather, fans packed into the suites areas.

The starting units for day nine were as follows:

OFFENSE
QB: Connor Halliday and Austin Apodaca
RB: Teondray Caldwell and Marcus Mason and Theron West
X: Kristoff Williams
Z: Gabe Marks (Several rotations at each WR position)
Y: Brett Bartolone (Several rotations at each WR position)
H: Rickey Galvin and Bobby Ratliff (Several rotations at each WR position)
LT: Gunnar Eklund (Zack Brevick got some time)
LG: Joe Dahl (John Fullington got some time)
C: Elliot Bosch
RG: Matt Goetz
RT: Rico Forbes (Eduardo Middleton got some time)

DEFENSE
LE: Matthew Bock
NT: Darryl Paulo
RE: Xavier Cooper
BUCK: Kache Palacio (Ivan McLennan ran with the 2’s)
SAM: Cyrus Coen
MIKE: Darryl Monroe
WILL: Tana Pritchard
CB: Anthony Carpenter
FS: Casey Locker
SS: Taylor Taliulu (Bennett Bontemps ran with the 2’s and scout team)
CB: Rahmel Dockery

KR: Leon Brooks, Robert Lewis, Brett Bartolone


SCRIMMAGE STATS
DEFENSE

Name

TT

TFL

Sacks

PD

PI

J. Sagote

8

1

 -

-

-

I. McLennan

4

-

 -

-

-

M. Christ

1

-

 -

-

-

J. Byers

4

-

 -

-

-

D. Paulo

2

-

1

1

-

L. Faoliu

1

-

1

-

-

E. Oertel

6

-

-

-

1

M. Bock

4

-

-

-

-

A. Carpenter

1

-

-

-

-

T. Pritchard

3

-

-

-

-

Da. Bucannon

2

-

-

-

-

D. Monroe

5

2

-

2

-

K. Palacio

2

-

-

-

-

T. Taliulu

5

-

-

-

-

C. Locker

6

-

-

1

-

X. Cooper

2

1

1

-

-

C. Coen

4

1

-

-

-

D. Horton

6

1

-

-

-

J. Allison

5

-

-

-

-

B. Bontemps

3

-

-

-

-

M. Fields

3

-

-

-

-

B. Anderson

3

-

-

1

-

M. Hersey

3

-

1

-

-

B. Glover

3

-

-

1

1

P. Henry

3

-

-

-

-

C. Boachie

2

-

-

1

-

M. McAdie

2

-

-

1

-

M. Peterson

3

-

-

2

1

T. Clark

-

-

-

2

-

J. Waldner

3

-

-

-

-

A. Brown

3

-

1

-

-

N. Washington

2

-

-

-

-

R. Dockery

1

-

-

-

-

TT = total tackles, TFL = tackles for loss, PD = pass defense, PI = pass interception

SCORING
Furney 42-yard field goal
Concepcion 27-yard field goal
Halliday 21-yard pass to Adkins, Furney PAT
Halliday 9-yard pass to K. Williams
Apodaca 3-yard pass to Marks
Apodaca 44-yard pass to K. Williams
Apodaca 1-yard rush
Halliday 41-yard pass to Marks

RUSHING
T. West 6-26
J. Laufasa 5-1
M. Mason 3- (-4)
T. Caldwell 3- (-8)
K. Lappano 1-3
A. Apodaca 30-yard run, 1-yard touchdown

PASSING
C. Halliday 25-36-249, 3 TD
A. Apodaca 19-34-228, 2 TD, 3 INT
J. Brown 7-17-54

RECEIVING
I. Myers 4-34
B. Ratliff 6-53
G. Marks 11-123, 2 TD
R. Galvin 5-48
M. Mason 1-4
K. Williams 7-97, 2 TD
T. Baker 2-22
A. West 4-27
K. Adkins 3-45, TD
D. McDonald 1-14
T. Caldwell 4-17
T. West 1-29
B. Bartolone 2-18

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