From a senior quarterback leading Colorado State to victory to a freshman kicker making his debut for Washington State, the opening weekend of college football was busy for Clark County athletes.
Each week, Tailgate Talk will publish a list of each local player whose college teams were in action.
* — has used redshirt year
Garrett Grayson, Heritage, Sr. QB — Grayson completed 13 of 23 passes for 134 yards and one touchdown in the Rams’ 31-17 win over Colorado on Friday.
Roldan Alcobendas, Camas, Fr.* K — Made five of six extra points in Eastern’s 41-9 win over Montana Western on Saturday.
T.J. Boatright, Union, Jr.* OL — Made his first career start at center for the Eagles, which tallied 598 yards of total offense.
Zach Eagle, Camas, Fr. WR — Did not play
Reilly Hennesey, Camas, Fr. QB — Did not play
William Lopez, Skyview, Fr.* TE — Did not play
Buck Cowan, Union, So., WR —Idaho’s game at Florida was suspended after one play because of lightning and torrential rain.
CJ Hatchett, Heritage, Jr.* WR — Played but did not make a catch in the Bengals’ 56-14 loss to Utah.
Ellis Henderson, Skyview, Jr. WR — Had five receptions for 48 yards in the Grizzlies’ 17-12 loss to Wyoming.
Mitch Saylor, Union, Sr. TE — Had two catches for 20 yards.
Addison Owen, Camas, Jr.* DE — Played, but did not record a tackle.
Ryan Johnson, Mountain View, So.* DE — Did not play.
Odin Coe, Camas, Jr. DE — Had two tackles in the Bobcats’ 37-10 loss to Arkansas State.
Jed Barnett, Union, Sr. P — Had one punt for 43 yards, which was not returned, in the Sooners’ 48-16 win over Louisiana Tech.
Drew Clarkson, Camas, Fr. OL — Did not play.
Brandon Brody-Heim, Union, Jr. LB — Had four tackles, including half a sack, one tackle for loss and one pass broken up in the Vikings’ 29-14 loss to Oregon State.
Kieran McDonagh, Skyview, Jr. QB — Completed 7 of 16 passes for 52 yards and one interception. He also caught one pass for six yards and rushed for minus-10 yards on two carries.
John Norcross, Camas, Fr.* LB — Did not play.
Austin Dodge, Skyview, Sr., QB — Completed 23 of 37 passes for 321 yards and four touchdowns in the Raiders’ 51-14 win over Menlo. He also rushed for 24 yards on six carries. He gave way to SOU’s backup QB midway through the third quarter.
Dylan Bratlie, Skyvew, Jr. OL — Did not play.
Antonio Pulido, Heritage, Fr. DL — Did not play.
Max Proudfit, Union, Jr. OL — Did not play.
Erik Powell, Seton Catholic, Fr.*, K — Powell made all five of his extra points and a field goal from 22 yards in WSU’s 41-38 loss to Rutgers. He missed a 50-yarder that hit the upright on the final play of the first half.
Parker Henry, Skyview, So.* LB — Did not play.
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One year ago, Oregon State opened their season against a Big Sky opponent with a dual-threat quarterback.The Beavers were upset by Eastern Washington.
Not many are predicting Oregon State will suffer the same fate Saturday against Portland State. But the Vikings are capable of causing a few problems.
It starts at quarterback, where Skyview graduate Kieran McDonagh is a classic dual-threat playmaker. The linebacker-sized junior produced 2,305 yards of total offense (1,936 passing, 369 rushing) and 19 TDs last season.
Yet, McDonagh could split time with sophomore Paris Penn, another dual-threat QB who saw action in six games last season.
That said, Oregon State should have enough firepower to handle a Vikings defense that allowed 430.0 yards per game last season. Sean Mannion returns after leading the nation’s third-best passing offense (372.6 ypg).
Speedy sophomore Victor Bolden could have a breakout season after backing up Brandon Cooks at flanker. Richard Mullaney is the lone returning receiver.
New offensive coordinator John Garrett has pledged to bring more balance to an OSU offense that ranked 118th in the nation in rushing last season (94.4 ypg). Storm Woods and Terron Ward will split time in the backfield.
When: 1 p.m. Saturday at Reser Stadium, Corvallis.
TV, radio: Pac-12 Networks, AM-620
Key to game: Oregon State should score plenty of points. Portland State’s only chance is if they turn the game into a shootout. The Beavers defense allowed 30 or more points eight times last season, but should be better with eight starters back.
Local angles: Along with McDonagh, Portland State has a key player in linebacker Brandon Brody-Heim. The junior from Union had 46 tackles last season, fifth highest on the team. Freshman John Norcross (Camas) is also on the Vikings roster.
For Oregon State, freshman offensive lineman Drew Clarkson (Camas) is getting his Beaver career under way. You probably recall his inspiring story of beating testicular cancer.
Quotable: “They’ve got our 100 percent attention. What happened last year, we don’t want that to happen again.” — OSU running back Terron Ward.
Prediction: Oregon State 45-28]]>
The Washington Huskies begin the Chris Petersen era with a trip to Hawaii.
And while the main purpose is to win Saturday’s game against the Warriors, there will be some sightseeing. The Huskies are scheduled to tour Pearl Harbor on Friday.
But history won’t be all the Huskies will learn on the trip. They’ll gain a better understanding of who will emerge as playmakers in the offense, which lost its top passer, rusher and receiver and tight end.
Most attention has focused on quarterback, where sophomore Jeff Lindquist will start. Whether he keeps the job beyond this game is uncertain. Presumed starter Cyler Miles will have served his one-game suspension for his role in two alleged assaults in February. No criminal charges were filed.
Redshirt sophomore Dwayne Washington will get the nod at tailback. His 332 rushing yards was second on the team last year.
The receiving corps is led by senior Kasen Williams, who moved to sixth on the school’s all-time receptions list before suffering a season-ending injury in Week 8. He’s joined by speedster John Ross, who started every game last year and was named the team’s most-outstanding freshman.
Saturday will also see the much-anticipated debut of Budda Baker. The highly recruited safety from Bellevue originally committed to Oregon, but switched at the last minute.
Highly-touted as an offensive coordinator, Norm Chow hasn’t had any success as a head coach. Hawaii is 4-20 in his first two seasons.
After going 1-11 last season, the Warriors return 16 starters. That said, their quarterback, sophomore Ikaika Woolsey, will be making his first start.
When: 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Aloha Stadium, Honolulu
TV, radio: CBS Sports Network, AM-1550
Key to game: Hawaii and California where the only two FBS teams last season to allow at least 28 points in every game. Washington should have an edge on offense despite its lack of experience at key positions. If the offense sputters, Washington will still have a huge edge on defense, where every starting lineman is back.
Quotable: “I think that type of stuff is very important to us. If we were going to back to Washington D.C. I would try to get enough time to go see some war memorials and those types of things. I think is really important for these kids to hear about it, learn about and then see it (to) have it make a little more sense in their mind.” Chris Peterson on team’s planned trip to Pearl Harbor on Friday.
Prediction: Washington 27-10]]>
Let’s call this what it is: A glorified scrimmage for the Oregon Ducks.
But considering the top-10 clash against Michigan State a week down the road, Saturday’s game against South Dakota has some elements worth watching.
Saturday, Oregon fans will get to know Royce Freeman, a highly recruited freshman running back. He is battling for playing time in a crowded backfield led by Byron Marshall and Thomas Tyner.
A position battle is taking place at tight end, where junior Pharaoh Brown is competing with sophomores Johnny Mundt and Evan Baylis.
A cadre of young receivers looks to begin filling the void left by Bralon Addison’s injury. Redshirt freshman Devon Allen earned a starting spot with an impressive camp. Dwayne Stanford and Darren Carrington are battling for playing time.
The Ducks’ gameplan will be rather plain, as they don’t want to tip their hand to Michigan State. Most importantly, Oregon will hope to avoid injuries.
And by the second half, when the game is a blowout, those at Autzen can enjoy the improved cell-phone reception fans in the stadium are promised.
If you’re curious about South Dakota, the Coyotes finished 4-8 last season and finished seventh in the FCS (Division I-AA) Missouri Valley Conference. Click here to learn more.
When: 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Autzen Stadium, Eugene.
TV, radio: Pac-12 Networks, AM-750
Key to game: For Oregon, just don’t suffer any injuries. For South Dakota, make sure the $525,000 they’ll earn for Saturday’s demolition is spent wisely.
Quotable: “The odds against us are stacked, but the odds of us being a better football team are really good. … This is stuff our kids will tell their grandchildren.” — South Dakota coach Joe Glenn.
Prediction: Oregon 56-0]]>
With its its first bowl game since 2003, Washington State made substantial gains during the 2013 season.
The quest to continue that momentum begins Thursday in a stadium formerly known as Qwest. Washington State opens its season with its annual Seattle game against Rutgers.
It will be the first time the teams have met, as well as the first game for the New Jersey school since it joined the Big Ten.
On paper, the matchup favors Washington State. Last season, Rutgers allowed 312.0 pass yards per game en route to a 6-7 record. That was worse than all but one other FBS team (Troy).
All Washington State does is pass. The Cougars had the fewest rushing attempts in the nation by a wide margin last year.
Senior quarterback Connor Halliday leads the nation’s fourth-best passing offense (368.0 yards per game last year). WSU coach Mike Leach is a huge fan, saying he’d rather have Halliday in his Air Raid offense than any of the Pac-12′s highly regarded quarterbacks.
“You might be rooting for your guy, and I don’t care what you think,” Leach said at Pac-12 Media Days. “He’s better than your guy is.”
Washington State also returns its top eight pass catchers, led by Gabe Marks (74 catches, 807 yards, 7 TDs), Marcus Mason (52 catches, 390 yards, 2 TDs) and Dom Williams (40 catches, 647 yds, 7 TDs).
The questions for Washington State revolve around a young offensive line, where three underclassmen are expected to start, and a defensive backfield that lost three key players in All-American Deone Bucannon, Nolan Washington, who made 31 career starts and Damante Horton, who returned three interceptions for touchdowns.
Rutgers is led by senior quarterback Gary Nova, who finished last season ranked fifth in school history in career completions (502) and yards (6,407) and third with 51 touchdown passes. But he had only three 300-yard passing games last year for an offense that was mediocre at best.
Former Maryland coach Ralph Friedgen was brought in to juice up that unit as new offensive coordinator. He’ll have last year’s leading rusher (Paul James) and pass catcher (Tyler Kroft) to work with.
Here’s a link to a more thorough look at Rutgers’ offense.
When: 7:05 p.m. Thursday at CenturyLink Field, Seattle.
TV, radio: Fox Sports 1, KKPZ AM-1330
Key to game: Washington State has plenty of offensive firepower to test an unproven Rutgers defense. The danger for the Cougs is whether their defense can prevent Rutgers from turning the game into an anything-goes shootout. For that, WSU will rely on its veteran linebackers led by Justin Sagote, Darryl Monroe, Cyrus Coen and Tana Pritchard. That group comprises four of WSU’s five leading tacklers last season.
Quotable: They’ve been working on something in camp, so they’’ll do something unusual, I’m sure.” Mike Leach, on what he expects to see from Rutgers.
Prediction: Washington State 42-24]]>
After setting a school record for passing yards last season, Grayson was named to the watch list for the Davey O’Brien Award, given each season to the nation’s top collegiate quarterback.
Colorado State opens its season Aug. 29 against Colorado in Denver. The game kicks off at 6:05 p.m. Pacific on Fox Sports 1.
Bobcat Nation recently profiled Montana State’s defensive line. It made several mentions of Odin Coe, a junior from Camas.
A starting defensive end, Coe missed much of spring ball after ankle surgery. After missing the entire 2012 season with a shoulder injury, he started 11 of 12 games last year, registered 44 tackles, including 7.5 for a loss and two sacks.
The article is fairly blunt in its message. For Montana State to reach its goals on defense, Coe needs to have a big year.
From the article:
Once upon a time, Coe was the prestigious recruit with the impressive highlight tape. Injuries cost him his first two seasons in Bozeman. …
During fall camp, Coe showed a newfound sense of aggression and a confidence that bordered on unflappable. His motor has reached a whole new level and his desire to be great can be seen as he competes.
“We need him to be assignment-sound and if he’s assignment-sound, he’ll make plays,” defensive coordinator Jamie Marshall said. “It’s as simple as that.”
Click here to read the whole piece.]]>
The college football season begins Saturday in Cheney, not just for Eastern Washington but the entire nation.
ESPN will showcase Eastern’s game vs. Sam Houston State in the inaugural FCS Showcase at 12:35 p.m. It’s the only college game nationwide this weekend.
For fans of the Football Championship Subdivision, this should be a doozy. Eastern enters the season ranked No. 1 nationally with one of the nation’s best quarterbacks in Vernon Adams Jr., a Walter Payton Award runner-up last year.
Adams is aided by sophomore Cooper Kupp, who set an FCS record last year with TD receptions in his first 14 games. He led the nation with 21 TD catches en route to winning the Jerry Rice Award as the best receiver in FCS. He caught 93 passes last season, averaging 18.2 yards per catch.
Sam Houston State is ranked No. 17, but has beaten Eastern each of the past two seasons. Last year, the Bearkats rushed for 450 yards in a 49-34 win. The previous year, Eastern lost to Sam Houston State in the FCS semifinals 45-42, despite trailing 35-0 at halftime.
The Bearkats have a first-year coach in K.C. Keeler and are trying to replace key playmakers. Sophomore Jared Johnson will try to fill the big shoes of Brian Bell, Sam Houston State’s all-time winningest quarterback. All-American running back Timothy Flanders has graduated, opening the door for senior Keyshawn Hill, who totaled 2,312 all-purpose yards over three years.
When: 12:35 p.m. Saturday at Roos Field, Cheney.
TV/radio: ESPN, ESPN3, No local radio but broadcast will stream at http://700espn.com
Key to game: Sam Houston State has typically run the ball very well, ranking No. 6 in FCS last season with 265.0 yards per game. The Bearkats must run the ball to neutralize Adams and Eastern’s potent offense, which had the nation’s fourth-best offense last season at 533.5 yards per game. That puts pressure on an Eastern defense led by linebacker Ronnie Hamlin, whose 361 career tackles ranks third in school history. Keep the ball in Adams’ hands and Eastern should be just fine.
Local angle: Redshirt freshman Roldan Alcobendas (Camas) will make his debut as Eastern’s placekicker. Fellow Camas grads Reilly Hennessey (QB) and Zach Eagle (WR), both true freshman, are on the roster. Union grad T.J. Boatright, a junior, is backup offensive tackle. Redshirt freshman William Lopez (Skyview) is also on Eastern’s roster as backup tight end.
Quotable: “Obviously there are nerves too, and if you have nerves that means you care. It’s exciting, and I’m always excited about these opportunities. Every team gets to this point in camp where you need to play somebody else.” EWU coach Beau Baldwin.
Prediction: Eastern Washington 45-24]]>
Let’s take a look at the region’s lone NCAA Division-II league, the Great Northwest Athletic Conference.
Five Clark County football players are with Central Washington and four are with Western Oregon in the GNAC, a seven-team league that stretches from California to Canada to South Dakota.
Azusa Pacific went 9-1 to win the conference last year. Central Washington and Western Oregon finished tied for second at 7-3.
They were followed by Dixie State (4-6), Simon Fraser (3-7) and Humboldt State (0-10).
Azusa Pacific is the coaches’ preseason favorite to win the league this year. Central Washington is ranked No. 2 and Western Oregon is No. 3, just one point behind Central.
The GNAC has undergone significant changes to its football schedule this year. A five-team league as recently as 2011, the GNAC added Azusa Pacific in 2012 and South Dakota School of Mines this season.
The conference’s previous 10-game double round-robin format has been replaced by a six-game conference schedule to go with three additional non-conference matchups between GNAC teams.
The Wildcats had the conference’s top defense last season, allowing a league-best 15.7 points and 298.0 yards per game.
Central must replace its top two tacklers (Stan Langlow and Ridge Nielson) and Austin Schnizler, who led the GNAC with 9.0 sacks.
But the Wildcats have one of the league’s best defensive backs in junior Isaiah Davis, who led the GNAC with six interceptions and was second-best with 14 passes broken up.
Prairie grad Jesse Zalk plays a key role in the Wildcats’ uptempo offense. The redshirt sophomore was seventh in the conference is receiving (47) and second in kick return yardage (31.0 yards per return).
An all-conference honoree, Zalk was also named to USA College Football’s preseason NCAA Division II All-America squad as a first-team return specialist and third-team wide receiver.
Other Clark County players on Central’s roster include Kevin Haynes (Battle Ground, So. LB), Kaben Humphrey-Butler (Union, So. WR), Gabe Rego (Union, So. LB), and Josh Stolz (Mountain View, So. OL).
Senior quarterback Ryan Bergman returns for the Wolves, which had the top passing offense in the GNAC last season. Bergman was a first-team all-conference QB with 27 touchdowns and more than 3,200 yards passing.
But the Wolves have a running game as well. Joe Harris had the eighth-most all-purpose yards in the GNAC last year (672 rushing, 243 receiving) and scored eight touchdowns.
The Wolves return eight starters to an offense that led the league with 30.4 points per game.
Western’s defense is led by senior Kraig Akins, who led all GNAC linemen with 70 tackles last season.
Among local players, senior running back Nathaniel Penaranda (Union) averaged 4.7 yards per carry before an injury ended his season five games in.
True freshmen E’Lon Mack (Heritage, Fr. WR) and Jason Vailea (Camas, Fr., DL) are also on the roster.
Here’s a transcript of UW coach Chris Petersen’s meeting with the media after practice today.
What did you learn from the scrimmage yesterday?
“The defense is a little ahead, maybe a lot ahead of the offense. Typical first scrimmage. I think that’s probably how it needs to be from a head-coach perspective, where you’re never good (enough). Whoever does well, you’re always worried about the other side of the ball. I think at this point if your offense is doing some really good things against your defense, it’s probably not good in the long run. Defense got about four turnovers, two of them went for scores, so they were flying around pretty good. Eventually, we got a few things going on offense, but we definitely got to sure up some details.”
How much of that is the uncertainty at quarterback?
“Some of that is the quarterback, yeah, no question about it. When our quarterbacks play good, usually the offense does at least OK, if he’s playing good. And you get the guys around him playing good, then you got something special.”
None of us can see that QB situation sorting itself out yet. Are you having the same struggle?
“That’s why they’re all getting reps. It’s going to be a work in progress. Eventually, when we get the first guy named for the first game, it doesn’t mean it’s done and over. Everybody’s going to keep competing. If certain guys make progress, they’re going to earn more reps and get the chance to play. That’s what we’re trying to do: create as many games situations as we can and see who can do what.”
What has Will Dissly done early to separate himself on that second-string D-line?
First of all, he’s real smart. He’s figured out what’s going on. I think when he kind of figures out the pace and tempo of the college game, and plays a little more physical, he’s going to do some really good things. He’s done a real nice job up to this point. For those new guys, I kind of marvel at those guys when they’re even in the mix this early. And Will — we have a handful of freshmen doing a really nice job. Those young DBs are competing their tails off and showing up, so that’s nice to see.”
Is the IQ thing what separates freshmen right away?
“Yeah, I think it’s the mental part of things for sure. One, figuring out the schemes we’re running. And, two, having the confidence to compete at this level. And those guys are showing that.”
Anyone else jump out at you on defense from the scrimmage?
“I thought Shaq did a good job. Tani (Tupou) was running around; he hit the quarterback and caused a fumble and Feeney scooped it up and went a long ways and scored with it. They were flying around pretty good. There was a lot of guys. I think the guys, again, the guys that might’ve jumped out to me the most is those young DBs, just because that’s such a hard position to do anything and I thought they battled and competed pretty well.”
Quarterbacks were live, then?
“They were live. They were live the whole scrimmage. We went about a hundred plays and they all showed up today, so that’s good.”
Any heart-stopping moments for you?
“No. Not really. Every play is a heart-stopping — I worry about all the guys as much as I do the quarterbacks. Those guys being live isn’t necessarily for the defense, it’s for themselves, to really try to figure some things out. And it showed up. And I wish we could make them live more, but I do think we have to be careful and smart. But I think they got some good work too being live.”