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Redshirt senior Staden scores twice in WSU spring game

by From news services
| April 25, 2010 9:00 PM

PULLMAN - Redshirt senior running back Chantz Staden scored twice on the ground and redshirt junior running back Logwone Mitz caught a 16-yard touchdown pass, leading the Crimson team to a 21-0 victory over the Gray team in Washington State's spring game Saturday at Martin Stadium.

In addition to the three scoring drives by the first-team offense, the first-team defense held the second-team offense scoreless on the afternoon.

"I was very happy with their focus, their energy was good," WSU coach Paul Wulff said. "There were a few mistakes obviously, but I thought the one offense did a nice job of moving the football. The one defense did very well, a few missed tackles in there, but overall it was pretty good. There were quite a few guys not playing which is good in the big picture because it allows more guys to play and help our depth grow."

Staden, who finished with 86 yards on 10 carries, opened the scoring with a 1-yard run, capping an eight-play, 64-yard drive. He also scored from 9 yards out, two plays after picking up 51 yards on a second-down run.

On WSU's second scoring drive, Mitz caught his only pass of the day - a screen pass from sophomore quarterback Jeff Tuel - and took it in for a 16-yard touchdown. Mitz also rushed 10 times for 59 yards.

Tuel completed 11 of 16 passes for 129 yards and a touchdown during the game. In WSU's three spring scrimmages, he went 25 of 41 for 297 yards. He threw three touchdowns and tossed just one interception.

"With the one offense Jeff played the first three quarters and I thought his accuracy was good," Wulff said. "He made good decisions and we operated pretty well. When Marshall was in with the one offense he did some good things, moved the football. I thought the quarterbacks did a nice job."

Junior wide receiver Jared Karstetter led the Cougars in both receptions (four) and yards (48). Ten different Cougars caught a pass during the game.

Defensively, junior cornerback Aire Justin recorded the game's only interception, and three different Cougars combined for four sacks - two from junior defensive tackle Brandon Rankin and one each from senior defensive end Kevin Kooyman and senior linebacker Myron Beck. The first-team defense also recorded two fumble recoveries.

RUSHING - Chantz Staden 10-86, Logwone Mitz 10-59, Carl Winston 10-25, Marshall Lobbestael 4-25, Marcus Richmond 2-8, Jeff Tuel - 1--3.

PASSING - Jeff Tuel 11-16-129, Marshall Lobbestael 4-11-27, Dan Wagner 1-1-13, David Gilbertson 0-1-0.

RECEIVING - Jared Karstetter 4-48, Jeffrey Solomon 3-28, Logwone Mitz 2-22, Daniel Blackledge 1-21, Andrei Lintz 1-13, Esa Johnwell 1-10, Jared Byers 1-9, Aaron Gehring 1-8, Shane Thomas 1-7, Chantz Staden 1-3.

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