Gary Rogers' Diary: Week Three

GARY ROGERS TALKS TIGHT ENDS AND MICHAEL WILLIS

PULLMAN--How's it going Coug Fans? I'm back again to talk Cougar Football. This past week has been a great week for the team. We have been continuing to work extremely hard during workouts and position drills. The WSU Football Camp was going on last week so we had to bump our workouts to make sure we had enough time for each group. And during that time, the tight ends continued to shine.

The workouts are going great - everyone is busting their butts and continuing to get better. The temperature in Pullman is continuing to get warmer which is good for us because we need to continue to get used to playing in the heat.

A question I saw addressed to me on the CF.C message board was will I miss holding field goals and PATs? Well, the answer to that question is: Not really. And I think that Reid Forrest will do an excellent job holding.

He has been working with long snapper Zach Enyeart and I have watched him during individual drills and he is doing a great job. Reid played wide receiver his freshmen year so he has the hands to be a great holder. Being a punter, an advantage Reid has is that during practice he has more time to work on his holds and get his timing down with the kicker and long snapper.

I have given Reid some pointers on holding but I leave most of that to Coach Levy, who is not only a great receivers coach, but he knows how to coach holders as well.

Another question I saw on the message board was how I like my TEs and how they're doing this summer. The TEs are not only great football players but they are great athletes.

Devin Frischknecht is an exceptional athlete with great hands and precise routes. I look for him to be a big target for me next year.

Another tight end who I think is going to surprise a lot of people this year is Tony Thompson. Tony works extremely hard in the weight room and on the field. I look for him to be a contributor this year.

I also think veteran TE Ben Woodard is in store for a great year. He is a workhorse and has great hands as well.

As for wide receiver Mike Willis, he is an outstanding athlete and football player. I am extremely excited about what he's going to do this year. Willis has switched from playing safety to wide receiver, and he was one of the fiercest safeties we had on our team. Due to injury he was forced to make the move to receiver and to be honest, when I heard that, I was so excited to have him on the offensive side of the ball.

Willis had a great spring and I look for him to carry that into the fall. My favorite thing about Willis is when I throw it to him, I know he is going to catch it. Look for him to shock people this year.

Our team will start doing 7 on 7 skelly after the 4th of July. I will keep you updated on how players are doing, etc. That's all I have for this week. Keep the questions coming on the CF.C message boards and I'll answer as many as I can.

GO COUGS!!!!!!!!


Gary Rogers was named the Cougs' No. 1 quarterback following the spring football session. The 6-7, 233-pounder will be a fifth-year-senior in 2008. At Kamiak High in Mukilteo, he earned first-team All-WesCo accolades and was rated among the top 30 quarterback prospects in the nation. In backing up Alex Brink the past three seasons, Rogers has played in 27 games at WSU, completing 24-of-52 passes with 3 TDs. His best outing came against Auburn in 2006, when Rogers in his first series marched the Cougs down the field on a six-play, 90-yard touchdown drive, completing 4-of-5 passes, including a 50-yard touchdown pass to Cody Boyd. Along with Mike Graise, he graciously volunteered this summer to give CF.C readers an inside look at the world of pre-season Cougar football preparations with a weekly diary.

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