SPRING BALL: First week wraps with noise on D

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PULLMAN--The Cougs for the first time this year did some light scrimmaging in Martin Stadium on Friday and the defense showed improvement from Thursday. Jason Stripling is making a case to break into the starting linebackers unit, and Jody Sears offers some high praise indeed for middle 'backer Greg Trent. Meanwhile, Rogers to Gibson, Rogers to Ward, oh my.

In pads for just the second time this spring, things got a lot more physical on Friday. DT Fevaea'i Ahmu, DE Andy Mattingly, and DT Matt Eichelberger each were shaken up a little over the course of the session, but none of the knocks appeared to be anything serious. After a phenomenal Thursday, the offense seemed a little overwhelmed as they tried more running plays then they had all week...