The performance of both kickers shook-up the depth chart in the mind of head man Bill Doba, who after the scrimmage said; "Romeen, he's got the job, he's doing the best job right now." Doba then left the door slightly ajar, saying; "They'll keep competing."
Langley's performance Saturday echoed the break-down of last season, when the kicker was 14-22 in total field goal attempts, struggled outside the 40-yard line (4-of-10), and missed 7 of his last 11, including three in the Apple Cup, after opening the year strong.
WSU trainer Bill Drake said the initial diagnosis on Arkelon Hall was a high ankle sprain. Doba did not give any further specifics concerning the quarterback's injury, who was in a tight race with Cole Morgan for the third-string QB position, except to say that the freshman was in "a lot of pain."
Hall joined fellow QB Alex Brink on the sideline, as the starting quarterback only played in one set due to flu-like symptoms, said Doba.
Doba said OL Andy Roof will be out 4-6 weeks with a broken thumb, with Dan Rowlands the frontrunner to replace him at guard. Senior Josh Duin is in the mix as well if he doesn't end up the starter at center, a position battle in which George Yarno has said the senior currently leads.
The loss of their starting field general and Roof could be one reason the offense failed to get the ball rolling in the scrimmage, as the defense bullied their counterparts for virtually the entire scrimmage, effectively stopping the run and shutting down for the most part the Cougs' fleet-footed receivers. Another was that this scrimmage wasn't the 1s going against the 1s all day -- many starters were substituted for liberally throughout, as Doba and staff wanted to take stock of some rookies and younger players.
Still, Doba expressed disappointment in the offense's ability to move the ball on the heels of a pair of good outings in full pads on Friday.
One of the few bright spots on offense belonged, once again, to senior wide receiver Jason Hill. The All-America candidate caught a Gary Rogers bomb under tough coverage from senior corner Don Turner for a 45-yard gain. The completion was far and away the biggest play for the O, which did manage to record two touchdowns -- a Rogers bullet to tight end Cody Boyd, and a Hall rope to Finas Rabb, who used his 6-foot-6 frame to go up and pull down the pigskin in the corner of the end zone.
Rogers connected on seven of his 13 passes for 93 yards, including the 17-yard touchdown strike to Boyd.
Other than that, it was all D, with defensive linemen Matt Mullennix, Mkristo Bruce, Adam Hineline, and Kevin Kooyman all recording sacks on the day, although WSU's official scrimmage stats Saturday evening lists only Mullennix and Hineline.
The secondary also had a good day, with a litany of pass break-ups and two interceptions, one courtesy of redshirt frosh Xavier Hicks off Rogers, and another by walk-on strong safety Jason Butler. The all-state athlete from Bellevue's Eastside Catholic made the pick after Kooyman deflected a Morgan pass.
Overall, the play of the defense pleased the Cougar coaches, as both Doba and defensive coordinator Robb Akey said the maturation of the unit is on pace.
"It's getting better" Akey said, "We're getting closer. We still obviously have work to do, but I like the progress we're making, I will say that."
Scoring - Boyd 17 pass from Rogers, Rabb 3 pass from Hall
Rushing - Woolridge 7/0, Tardy 3/16, McCall 4/14, Hutsona 5/11, Ivory 1/1, Hall 1/-2, Morgan 1/6
Passing - Brink 1/8/0/0/11, Hall 2/6/1/0/11, Rogers 7/13/1/1/93, Morgan 4/6/0/1/58 Key: Att/Comp/TD/INT/Yds
Receiving - Woolridge 1/11, Selby 1/13, Hutsona 1/-2, Thompson 2/27, Largent 1/8, Collins 2/16, Bumpus 1/4, Boyd 1/17, Gibson 1/8, Rabb 1/3, Hill 1/45, Dillon 1/23
Interceptions - Butler, Hicks
Sacks - Mullennix, Bruce, Hineline, Kooyman
Punts - Blunt: 51-41-41-50-40, Brayton: 46-39-46-44
Field Goals - Langley 1 of 4 (long 42), Abdollmohammadi 4 of 4 (long 42), Birrell 1 of 1 (long 36)