GARY ROGERS and KENNY ALFRED
PULLMAN--Hey Cougfans, I’m back and talking about the Washington State receivers this week. And there are some defensive backs who have been standing out this summer that I should mention as well. I will also be doing a radio interview with KJR on Friday afternoon -- it's planned for about 1:30 p.m. -- so listen in.
The receiving corps this year is one with extreme potential and this summer, I've watched our receivers continuing to get better each day.
Over the past few months, some of the WRs standing out to me are Brandon Gibson, Michael Willis, and Benny Ward.
Brandon is simply a tremendous receiver, he has all the ability you look for at that position. He’s the whole package. And he is going to cause defenses a lot of havoc this year.
Willis, who started at Washington State as a safety, continues to get better each and every day. He's been continuing to make plays during our 7-on-7 and if he continues to work hard, he is going to have a great year.
Another player who I am looking for to come alive this year is Benny Ward. Benny has great speed, and he can really stretch out a defense. He is going to be a senior this year and I am looking for him to step up and be a contributor.
And then there's Jeshua Anderson. He's been busy on the track but he's a guy who can really stretch out a defense.
Jeshua is extremely fast, as he has proven both on the football field and out running the hurdles. And he has been focusing on track and his competitions there but once he is done with track, I look for him to be an excellent asset to the receiving core. Because with Jeshua on the field, he has the ability to beat any corner, any time, one on one.
Some of the younger receivers who I'm looking to contribute include Daniel Blackledge and Keith Rosenberg.
Daniel did a great job this spring and really understands the new offense well. He is a great route runner who has good speed. It's easy to tweak something here and there and with both him and Keith, they're a little banged up right now but I’m hoping they'll be ready to go soon.
Someone asked on the message boards about the defensive backs and who has been giving me a run for my money this offseason. Some guys to mention here are Tyrone Justin, the transfer form Cal -- Brandon Jones, and Myron Beck.
Tyrone has been doing a good job this summer, he's making plays on balls in the air and locking down receivers.
Brandon has great speed and quickness, and he can lock down receivers as well. He causes receivers and me trouble. Brandon will sit out this year because of the NCAA transfer rule but I look for him to make an impact down the road for the Cougs.
Another defensive back, a safety who has impressed me this summer, is Myron Beck. A JC transfer, he has a tremendous work ethic and as we saw this spring, as a hitter, he brings not just the lumber but the trees as well. I see Myron making an impact on the defensive side of the ball this year.
I'll be on the radio with KJR later this afternoon so listen in to hear me talk more Cougar Football. Keep the questions coming on the CF.C message boards and I will continue to try and get to as many questions as best as I can. Thanks and 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.