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Cougs narrow QB tryouts to final four
WSU coach Paul Wulff held open quarterback tryouts for eligible members of the WSU student body Monday for the purpose of finding a third string quarterback.
In what had all the makings of a bad reality show, 29 students showed up with the hopes of becoming a Pac-10 quarterback. By the end of the day, four were left standing - with Wulff set to name a winner sometime Tuesday. Here's a brief look at the four finalists:
Jon Koepfgen: A 2006 graduate of Palo Alto High School in California, Koepfgen was more noted for baseball then football: he started at shortstop for the baseball team, but backed up a junior QB for the football squad.
Mark Gray: The 23-year old Gray was a three year starter at Issaquah (graduating in 2003) where he earned All Area recognition and led the Eagles to a 12-1 season and a number one ranking before losing to J.R. Hasty and E.J. Savannah's Bellevue squad in the state semifinals. Gray passed for 5,052 yards, 50 TD's and compiled a 66 percent completion percentage and 24-6 record at Issaquah. What's the catch? Gray stands only 5'7" and weighs 150 pounds.
Peter Roberts: Roberts (6'1, 175), a 2008 Woodinville grad, posted underwhelming numbers (47% career completion percentage, more INT's than TD's) but was named to second team All-KingCo last season.
Cameron Gredler: Not much to say about the 2006 Rogers High grad. He was on the roster, but didn't show up in the team preview or on any post season awards lists. It doesn't appear that he played QB much if at all in high school.
I know the Cougs are in desperate straights right now, and I take nothing away from these guys. In fact, more power to them for chasing their dreams.
Again, if these guys are possible Pac-10 QB's, if Marshall Loebbestael is the Pac-10 offensive player of the week earlier this year....then where does that put our Nick Baker?