PULLMAN, Wash. - Washington State will don full pads on Saturday, as the Cougars begin preparations for their season opener on August 30. Perhaps no one is more excited for the opportunity than Gary Rogers - the Cougars' new starting quarterback.
The fifth year senior finally gets his chance to start, after backing up Alex Brink the past few years on the Palouse. Last year, as a junior, Rogers completed 4 of 16 for grand total of 18 yards - even as many fans wanted to see him instead of Brink.
In 2006, Rogers went 18 for 31, passing for 214 yards.
This year, however, will be different, if for no other reason than the installation of a new offense. With a new coach comes a new system - one that does away with the huddle and is designed to keep the defense on their heels, if nothing else.
Coach Wulff said it's been Rogers' who has stepped up and become a leader in the new offense. At 6'7" and 233 pounds, Wulff considers his new quarterback to be a commanding force on the field, and because he's among the most veteran players on the team.