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WSU practice: one last underclassmen scrimmage

WSU held its final Thursday Night Football scrimmage of the season before heading off for Thanksgiving celebrations.

We have our report on the young guys who stood out after the jump.

-- Junior receiver Daniel Lilienthal had a pair of deep touchdown catches on the day, one a jump ball from about 20-yards out from Peyton Bender and the other a 31-yard toss from Connor Ennis. On both catches he had to fight a defender in the air.

"He's done some good stuff," Mike Leach said. "Biggest thing is he needs to focus in every play but he's a stronger guy than he looks and he's pretty good at playing the ball in the air, especially if it's a vertical thing. The horizontal stuff he struggles with a little more."

Leach added that Lilienthal could help the Cougars on the outside next season if he can become more consistent.

-- Keith Harrington caught the day's first pass, exploding up the left sideline for a gain of about 15 yards before he was flattened by Willie Roach, who had a great angle on the play. Harrington has been one of WSU's most consistent performers during these scrimmages and the coaches have taken notice.

"I think Keith Harrington's got a chance to be the most explosive kid on our team," offensive line coach Clay McGuire said. "He's a fearless guy on the football field. He's got a great competitive nature to him and I'm excited to see what he does in spring ball.

Leach added that the freshman is deceptively strong, particularly in his lower body.

"He's an explosive guy, he's built well," McGuire explained. "Even though he is little, he's stacked up as far as his body and very explosive. He's not an incredibly fast guy but he's got a great burst. So I'm excited, I think he's a kid that could really be something for us."

-- It was a good day defensively for freshman cornerback Jeff Farrar, who intercepted a tipped pass from Bender early in the scrimmage and later blew up a receiver that made a catch in front of him.

"He's gotten better as time went on," Leach said. "He's tall, he's built real well. He's talented and he got here late, too, so he's just putting it together."

Leach also spoke highly of cornerback Sebastian LaRue, who sat out this season in accordance with NCAA transfer rules after spending his freshman year at Texas A&M.

"Sebastian's played really well," Leach said. "Sebastian would have had a good shot at starting this year if he was eligible."

-- McGuire added that Cody O'Connell, Sean Krepsz and Carlos Freeman have all impressed him among the reserve offensive lineman, and added that Andre Dillard is the freshman most likely to contribute on the offensive line next season.

-- Zeppos is the usual Thanksgiving meal spot for the team and it sounds like they make a pretty mean turkey.

"I'll tell you what, Zeppos makes a really good Thanksgiving meal," McGuire said. "Every year it gets better and better and it's been good every time."

"(The turkey) is all moist, I don't know what they do but they do a good job," Leach added.

-- Gabe Marks, Nate DeRider, Nick Begg, Kevin Griffin and Brett Bartolone were limited today. Vince Mayle and Cole Madison were both full participants.

Jacob Thorpe
Jacob Thorpe joined The Spokesman-Review in 2013. He currently is a reporter for the Sports Desk covering Washington State University athletics.

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