WSU football holds first scrimmage at Martin Stadium

The Cougs struggled for the first time as they sit three Saturdays before their regular season opener

PULLMAN, Wash. – It was a big day for Washington state football today as the Cougars held their first interteam scrimmage at Martin Stadium. Players and coaches alike have enjoyed being in game mode for the first time.

The first-team offense wasn’t much on the field today, but when it was, it was productive. Quarterback Cameron Ward was easy on offense, and wide receiver Dezhaun Stribling shone with several acrobatic catches and a 36-yard touchdown reception.

“A lot of people in our building have seen Strib work when no one is looking, caught extra balls all summer and really worked on his speed and more importantly his releases. You’re seeing the maturation of a really damn good player,” said WSU head coach Jake Dickert.

The star of today’s scrimmage was none other than real life freshman running back Jaylen Jenkins, who filled in for an injured Nakia Watson today and ruffled throughout the day.

“He’s an exciting young player coming over from Allen, Texas for the Allen Eagles. I’ll just bring him over here, he’s still learning the moves, but when the ball’s in his hands he’ll show you what he can do,” WSU quarterback Cameron Ward said.

“Explosive runs change the game and that puts (Jaylen) on our offense. That requires defense and then we can hit some things over the top. I thought he had excellent scrimmage and I’m looking forward to seeing him build on some success,” Dickert said.

The defensive player of the day was Jaden Hicks, who delivered two vicious hits and flew around the field throughout the scrimmage.

“NFL scouts come up here and they’re like, ‘Who’s number 25?’ We tell them he’s just a redshirt freshman, so it’s exciting to see how much growth he’s made from his redshirt year,” Dickert said.

It was also a perfect day for Dean Janikowski, preseason All PAC-12 first-team kicker. Coach Dickert was very impressed by the Redshirt runner-up throughout the camp.

“Dean was in midseason form from day one. I trust Dean and getting it where that probably would have been good from 60 with that 52-yard field goal is a huge confidence boost to weaponize him on the field. I look forward to Dean’s progress,” said Dickert.

We’re just three Saturdays away from the Cougars’ season opener at Martin Stadium against the Idaho Vandals. We will be reporting continuously on the fall camp in the run-up to the kickoff at 6:30 p.m. on September 3rd.

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Emma Bowman

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