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2008 Spring Game Reviews - Pac 10
Washington WR Chris Polk
Washington WR Chris Polk
Posted May 5, 2008

What happened in the Pac 10 spring games? John Harris reviews the final scrimmages of the spring season.

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By John Harris


Quarterback Willie Tuitama and the offense made nice strides this spring with the spread offense that the offensive staff installed last season.  He completed 20 of 26 passes for 231 yards and a touchdown, but he did throw one interception during the 76 play final scrimmage.  Running backs Nic Grigsby and Glyndon Bolasky each had a rushing touchdown, while combining for 56 yards rushing.  Sterling Lewis was the defensive star of the scrimmage, registering eight tackles and a sack.

Arizona State  

They say that a tie is like kissing your sister, but in a spring game, it’s just time to get off the field and thank your lucky stars that no one got seriously injured.  A Thomas Weber 46 yard field goal tied the annual Maroon and White spring game.  All-Pac-10 candidate Rudy Carpenter struggled a bit completing only seven of his 21 passes, but he did hit on a 43-yard touchdown pass to Brandon Smith for the White team.  Running back Shaun DeWitty ran for 71 yards on 13 carries and a touchdown to lead the Maroon squad.




Remember the name LeGarrette Blount.  The Perry, FL native found his way northwest and made a significant impact on the Ducks during the annual spring game.  Led by Blount, the White defeated the Green 36-3.  Blount averaged just over 13 yards per carry on only five carries as he concluded the spring practice session with another sterling performance.  The defensive star for the White was Casey Matthews who had 7.5 tackles, three for a loss and two sacks.

Oregon State 

It took until the second half for something to happen, but then the White opened the can of Big Play you-know-what on its way to a 22-3 victory.  After a first half void of touchdowns, White quarterback Lyle Moevao threw a short swing pass to James Rodgers, who turned it into a 72-yard catch and run for six.  After three first half field goals by Justin Kahut and a short touchdown run for running back Ryan McCants, the Rodgers long touchdown sealed the win for the White in the annual Black and White spring game.


The Cardinal defeated the White 24-6 in the annual spring game as both Cardinal signal callers, Jason Forcier and Alex Loukas, tossed touchdown passes.  Forcier threw a 33-yard touchdown to Ryan Whalen for one score, while Loukas completed a 35-yard touchdown pass to receiver Doug Baldwin.  The versatile Loukas also caught three passes for 39 yards and ran 30 yards on a fake punt.  White quarterback Tavita Pritchard completed 12 of 28 passes for only 106 yards.


The annual spring game lost a little bit of luster two days prior to the game when the two combatants for the starting quarterback position were lost for the rest of spring on two consecutive plays.  Patrick Cowan tore his ACL and is out for the entire 2008 season, while Ben Olsen is out for the next two months, but should be ready for fall camp.  During the spring game, quarterback Kevin Craft struggled to complete eleven of 24 passes for 95 yards, a touchdown and a pick.  The defense racked up seven sacks, two interceptions and one fumble recovery.


The annual Trojan Huddle end-of-spring intrasquad game went to overtime, a fantastic finish to a competitive spring.  The White emerged victorious 39-36 over the Cardinal squad after receiver Travon Patterson caught a 25-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Aaron Corp.  Most of the eyes in the house were on the three quarterbacks battling for the starting position.  Mark Sanchez was stellar, completing 16 of 24 passes for 203 yards and three touchdowns, while Arkansas transfer Mitch Mustain completed six of ten for 111 yards and two touchdowns.  Corp might have had the best day of all, completing 13 of 16 passes for 158 yards and two touchdowns, including the game-winner.


The annual Purple and Gold game was a defensive affair with a combined 17 points scored on both sides.  The Gold escaped with a 10-7 win over the Purple after a late touchdown pass by quarterback Ronnie Fouch.  Receiver Devin Aguilar caught a 13-yard pass from Fouch to complete the scoring and give the Gold the victory.  Purple quarterback Jake Locker had a strong day, completing 13 of 17 passes for 159 in a losing effort.

Washington State  

The final scrimmage of the spring was a showcase for the Cougar pass catchers, led by junior Michael Willis.  13 receivers caught passes in the final showing of the spring and Willis led the group with six catches for 129 yards and a touchdown.  In a bid to replace former signal caller Alex Brink, senior Gary Rogers completed 12 of 19 passes for 126 yards and two touchdowns, including the aforementioned touchdown to Willis.  Receiver Reid McEllrath joined in on the fun, catching five passes for 65 yards and a touchdown.