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WSU Open Scrimmage Report August 19, 2007

Posted by City Hoops in Wayne State.
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By Shawn Wright

With exactly two weeks until the 2007 home opener, Wayne State held its annual Media Day, which also showcased the new-look Warriors in an intersquad scrimmage.

Click through for a complete report from Saturday’s tuneup at Adams Field. Photos, quotes and interviews from the event will be posted later.

WSU players were not holding back in the Green vs. White game, and the noticably smaller defense was adding some bite to its hits – along with some barking.

One of the game’s highlights was junior linebacker Tristan Black, one of the WSU defense’s major strengths along with senior linebacker Alan Guy, baited redshirt freshman Zach George, right before busting through the offensive line for a sack.

George was the only one of the four quarterbacks playing to throw for a touchdown – a pass to wide receiver Ed Sanders, a redshirt freshman.

It’s still a toss-up as to who will earn the starting QB role, George or sophomore incumbent Trent Pohl, who looked equal to his counterpart on Saturday.

According to Winters, the starter will be determined after next week’s Thursday scrimmage to conclude camp.

Many came to get a first look at the tandem of Joique Bell and Daryl Graham, but while Bell impressed, Graham watched from the sidelines. Graham wasn’t out for anything serious, just a few bumps and bruises and would have played had this been a real game.

With Graham out, and the Warriors down to three running backs, it was the perfect opportunity for redshirt freshman Neil Mitchell to strut his stuff. Mitchell took hard hits off his many carries and was effective catching the ball.

The special teams unit was a little shaky, but nothing to worry about come opening day. For now, place kicker David Chudzinski will be doing double-duties this season, also acting as punter.

Redshirt sophomore Drew Chiatalas saw action, kicking off at least eight times with just as many field goals. Chiatalas had long distance on a couple kicks, with a few getting inside the 10-yard line.

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