Kevin Kooyman's Diary: Week Three

KEVIN KOOYMAN

PULLMAN -- We invited Idaho and Eastern over on Sunday for some 7-on-7 competition. And I have news, notes and insights on the day's events including plays from Tyree Toomer, Terrence Hayward, David Gilbertson, C.J. Mizell, Jamal Atofau, Daniel Blackledge, Jeffrey Solomon, Arthur Burns, Marquess Wilson, Aire Justin, Andre Barrington, Daniel Simmons plus more.

Coming back after a week off, the whole team felt refreshed and ready to attack the rest of our summer workouts. We picked up right where we left off, getting immediately back in the routine of lifting and conditioning daily.

We started our own 7-on-7s recently, and both the offense and defense have looked good. Both units made some great plays and it was exciting to watch, (as 7-on-7 drills use no linemen).

For the defense, Aire Justin had a great interception while covering Daniel Blackledge. They were both tangled up from one-on-one coverage and Aire somehow kept his feet and pulled it in for the pick.

Andre Barrington and Daniel Simmons had solid days, breaking up a few passes each. The day ended with one of the just-arrived freshman making an impressive diving interception in the end zone on third down, but I couldn't quite see who it was through all the bodies.

Also, Tyree Toomer has earned the June award for Football's Athlete of the Month. Talk about a true leader, and he's made a full recovery from his injury last season. I am really looking forward to seeing what Tyree will do for the defense this season.

ON SUNDAY, we had Eastern and Idaho come to Pullman for 7-on-7 in Martin Stadium.

We had a great day against both teams.

Our offense drove down and scored routinely and on numerous occasions. Our defense stepped up and had quite a few goal line stands.

The day started off with Aaron Gehring making a tiptoe catch in the back of the end zone from Lobbestael against Eastern. The next big play came from Terrence Hayward who made a clutch pass break up against Idaho to lead to fourth down.

The early momentum of the day was sparked by Gilby (David Gilbertson) throwing a dime to freshman Marquess Wilson for a 35-yard TD against Idaho. Marquess later had an acrobatic catch along the sideline and barely got both feet in for a 30-yard gain.

Marquess definitely made a huge impression on me and I am looking forward to this upcoming year with him as a threat at WR.

Defensively, C.J. Mizell got thrown into the fire and did a good job with man to man coverage. Once he learns the whole scheme of the defense, he will be a great player for the COUG D.

Also, Daniel Blackledge had a solid day, and almost broke some guy's ankle on a juke.

The defense had the next big play of the day coming from Jamal Atofau getting an 80-yard pick to the house.

Our whole team was running after him going crazy on that one.

Following the pick, Jeffrey Solomon had an impressive catch on the sideline against tight one-on-one overage against Eastern for 30 yards that led to a quick touchdown. Following this drive, the defense posted a huge stop on the goal line against Eastern.

The next defense series, Arthur Burns had a 101-yard pick six but a sack was called because the QB was taking so long to throw the ball. And so the following play the defense stepped up and stopped them on fourth down.

Overall it was a great day for Cougar Football, lots of solid performances from both the offense and the defense.

The part that impressed me the most was that a bunch of offense and defensive lineman showed up to support the skill positions during 7-on-7. We are becoming a family and it is good to see.

The season is just right around the corner and days like Sunday are exactly what we need to become a better team and carry momentum into September 4 against Oklahoma State.

Have questions about the Cougar D for Kevin? Post them on the CF.C message boards. He might not be able to answer every one of them, but he will read them all and answer any that he can.


Cougar defensive end Kevin Kooyman hails from Maple Valley, Wash. where he was named the statewide high school Male Athlete of the Year for 2005-06 by the Seattle Times. The fifth year senior-to-be suffered an injury in the '09 opener and redshirted this past season. He played in 12 games in 2008 for WSU, starting six and posting 31 tackles. Injuries wiped out half his sophomore year but he still earned two starts on the d-line. As a true frosh in 2006, he saw action in 11 games, registering six tackles, one sack and 1 QB hurry. He was also a two-time state wrestling champion in high school.

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