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Running backs shine in Cougars first spring scrimmage

PULLMAN, Wash. - Washington State's football team showed signs of much-needed improvement Saturday during the team's first spring scrimmage on Saturday.  Most notable was the performance of the running backs, who combined for almost 200 yards of offense.

Dwight Tardy had a team-high 63 yards on eight carries, including a long of 27 yards.  James Montgomery rushed nine times for 61 yards and a 33-yard touchdown.  In all, the running backs accounted for 189 yards of offense on 25 carries.

It wasn't just Tardy and Montgomery, either.  Logwone Mitz gained 32 yards on thee carries, while Marcus Richmond picked up 14 yards on four carries.  Quarterback Kevin Lopina ran for 19 yards.

"In practice you can't tell if a guy breaks an arm tackle and see how they run through contact," said coach Paul Wulff in a school news release following the practice.  "It's nice to see the guys making people miss and gaining extrayards."

Wulff said the competition between running backs at this stage of the preseason is impressive.

Two Cougar quarterbacks threw touchdown passes.  Lopina completed 4-of-6 passes for 33 yards, including a touchdown to tight end Skylar Stormo.  Dan Wagner went 1-of-4 and hit Randy Johnson for a 25-yard touchdown.

The Cougars' second scrimmage this spring will be April 18.

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