Arrow-right Camera
The Spokesman-Review Newspaper

The Spokesman-Review Newspaper The Spokesman-Review

Spokane, Washington  Est. May 19, 1883


Renard Bell dazzles during WSU’s Thursday Night scrimmage

Renard Bell played so well during Washington State's Thursday Night Football scrimmage, the freshman received praise from offense and defensive coaches.

"No. 81 on offense today, he was amazing," said inside linebackers coach Ken Wilson. "He was all over the place. It was like having a little bug run around out there."

"We recruited him for that reason, so he could come here and flash," said inside receivers coach JaMarcus Russell. "That's what he does. The kid can run, cut on a dime. That's what we recruited him for."

At 5-foot-8, 155-pounds, Bell likely has some eating to do before he sees the field. But the Cougars will have Robert Lewis at the H-position this year and next, and Kyle Sweet for another year after.

In the meantime, Bell can keep flashing the skills that hint at a potential impact player once he's had some seasoning.

Bell's first catch came on a deep pass from Anthony Gordon. The receiver made the catch against the sideline, and then used a spin move to break free of one tackler and gain additional yards before he was shoved out of bounds for a gain of about 45 yards.

Bell did make one freshman move, fumbling after gaining about 11 yards on the first play of Trey Tinsley's series at quarterback. Later, Bell caught another pass from Tinsley for about 13 yards.

One receiver who probably will not be scrimmaging on Thursday's much longer is receiver C.J. Dimry. The 6-foot-5 receiver dominated the scrimmage last week, and on Thursday again looked like a player capable of helping the team on Saturday.

The very first play of the scrimmage saw Dimry take a slant route 30 yards, albeit with a fumble at the end. Still, Dimry's size and speed make him a unique weapon, once the Cougars can likely utilize to great affect near the red zone, if not more often.

Defensively, junior safety Darius Lemora had the best day, intercepting Gordon while covering a crossing route, and recovering Bell's fumble, in addition to making a number of tackles. Lemora started 10 games as a redshirt freshman in 2014, but played sparingly last season.

He has played well in the preseason, however, and defensive coaches have singled him out as a player who is taking advantage of his opportunities to get back on the field.

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

Follow Jacob online:

Looking for a Grip on Sports?

Vince Grippi's daily take on all things regional sports has been moved to our main sports section online. You can find a collection of these columns here.