The WSU Cougar Football team closed out its spring practices with a Crimson vs Gray scrimmage in Spokane’s Joe Albi stadium. On a partly sunny day, the Crimson (1st team) looked good beating the Gray (2nd team) 35-3. Coug Running Back Mitz looked good running for 100+ yards. QB Tuel & WR Wilson looked good at well. Hard to get a read on the Defense because the teams were very out-matched. Of course that is the area where the Cougs need the most improvement if they are to win more games in the 2011 season.
Great to see former QB’s Ryan Leaf and Jason Gesser walking the sidelines along with a number of other former players like Marcus Trufant, Erick Coleman & Alex teams. Attendance appeared to be between 3K to 5K range with a good number of Cougs enjoying the beer garden. WSU AD Bill Moos effort to bring the Cougs back to the Spokane market certainly generated interest with a full week of events. Our own informal survey of Coug fans at the scrimmage was that a good number traveled from outside the area. It appeared that only about 1/2 fans were from Spokane area so it will be interesting to see if this translates in to ticket sales. Our guess is the Cougs could have drawn just as many to a scrimmage in Pullman but nice to see them schedule events around the state like Spokane, Seattle, and the Tri-Cities.
No matter the team play, the Cougs were however very successful in controlling the media headlines this week. From that standpoint, the Moos media plan could be judged a success. Hopeful Coug fans, eager to get past the last 3 years of losing seasons, saw some signs of hope that could translate into success. The Cougars 2011 pre-season schedule of “cupcake” division 2 teams like Idaho State should translate to early wins. If the Cougs play as well as they did today against PAC-12 teams, the Cougs should be able to win the necessary 6 season games to take the team “bowling”.