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Washington State two-deep roster

A look at the WSU roster, with comments by Bud Withers

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Offensive line
Pos. No. Name Ht. Wt. Yr. Hometown (last school)
LT 77 John Fullington 6-5 300 Jr. Belfair (North Mason)
63 Gunnar Eklund 6-7 286 Fr. Lake Stevens
LG 66 Matt Goetz 6-4 272 Jr. Cibolo, Texas (Navarro JC)
70 Zach Brevick 6-5 270 Jr. Snoqualmie (Mount Si)
C 60 Elliott Bosch 6-4 271 Jr. Spokane (Ferris)
50 Taylor Meighen 6-3 286 Sr. Beaumont, Texas (Kilgore College)
RG 55 Wade Jacobson 6-6 300 Sr. Hollister, Calif. (Gavilan College)
56 Niu Sale 6-3 334 Jr. Los Alamitos, Calif. (LA Harbor College)
RT 71 Dan Sptiz 6-7 301 Sr. Spokane (Mead)
69 Jake Rodgers 6-6 300 So. Spokane (Shadle Park)

Fullington is the premier lineman, while Jacobson and Goetz have appreciable starting experience. Bosch, a walk-on, is the most unproven.

Receivers
Pos. No. Name Ht. Wt. Yr. Hometown (last school)
SE 86 Marquess Wilson 6-4 185 Jr. Tulare, Calif. (Tulare Union)
80 Dominique Williams 6-2 187 Fr. Pomona, Calif. (Garey)
SE 84 Gabe Marks 6-0 167 Fr. Los Angeles (Venice)
88 Isiah Myers 6-0 176 So. Orlando, Fla. (Olympia)
Slot 87 Andrei Lintz 6-5 250 Sr. Bellingham (Meridian)
82 Bobby Ratliff 6-2 194 So. Etiwanda, Calif.
Slot 5 Rickey Galvin 5-8 178 So. Berkeley, Calif.
1 Gino Simone 6-0 184 Sr. Sammamish (Skyline)

One of the Cougars' deepest areas. Wilson is making preseason All-America lists; Marks has been dynamic in fall camp.

Quarterback, running back
Pos. No. Name Ht. Wt. Yr. Hometown (last school)
QB 10 Jeff Tuel 6-3 221 Sr. Fresno, Calif. (Clovis West)
12 Connor Halliday 6-4 189 So. Spokane (Ferris)
RB 34 Teondray Caldwell 5-8 189 Fr. Los Angeles (Venice)
3 Carl Winston 5-8 192 Sr. Harbor City, Calif. (Serra)

Tuel could be on the verge of a huge year in this offense, and Halliday, if he's fully back from a serious liver injury, is more than capable. Several running backs figure to rotate.

Kicker, punter
Pos. No. Name Ht. Wt. Yr. Hometown (last school)
K 49 Andrew Furney 5-10 218 Jr. Burlington (Burlington-Edison)
46 Michael Bowlin 6-4 204 Jr. Aliso Viejo, Calif. (Saddleback JC)
P 46 Michael Bowlin 6-4 204 Jr. Aliso Viejo, Calif. (Saddleback JC)
10 Wes Concepcion 6-0 174 So. Kent (Kentridge)

Addition of Bowlin, who went to Oregon out of high school then transferred to Saddleback Junior College, should jolt kicking game. He ought to improve kickoff distance and punting, as well.

Defensive line
Pos. No. Name Ht. Wt. Yr. Hometown (last school)
DT 96 Xavier Cooper 6-4 298 Fr. Tacoma (Wilson)
94 Steven Hoffart 6-4 274 Sr. Davis, Calif. (Butte College)
NT 98 Toni Pole 6-1 277 So. Union City, Calif. (James Logan)
95 Ioane Gauta 6-3 305 Jr. Anaheim, Calif. (Fullerton JC)
DE 71 Matthew Bock 6-2 252 Jr. Santa Margarita, Calif.
50 Adam Coerper 6-5 256 Sr. Hood River, Ore. (Hood River Valley)

Only three starts, all by Pole, among the front-liners. Addition of big-bodied Gauta should help.

Linebackers
Pos. No. Name Ht. Wt. Yr. Hometown (last school)
Buck 89 Travis Long 6-4 245 Sr. Spokane (Gonzaga Prep)
83 Logan Mayes 6-3 241 So. Eugene, Ore. (Marist)
SLB 21 Eric Oertel 6-1 210 Jr. Racine, Wisc. (Lutheran)
42 Cyrus Coen 6-0 215 So. Pearl City, Hawaii
MLB 13 Darryl Monroe 6-1 228 Fr. Orlando, Fla. (Dr. Phillips)
51 Justin Sagote 6-0 220 Jr. Santa Clara, Calif. (Coll. of San Mateo)
WLB 45 Chester Su'a 6-1 224 So. Pearl City, Hawaii (Kaimuki)
44 Tana Pritchard 6-3 221 Fr. Lakewood (Clover Park)

Long and Mayes are high-quality players at the hybrid "Buck" spot. There's talent at the other three positions, but it's very inexperienced.

Secondary
Pos. No. Name Ht. Wt. Yr. Hometown (last school)
CB 6 Damante Horton 5-10 175 Jr. Oakland, Calif.
27 Tracy Clark 5-11 181 So. Pittsburg, Calif.
FS 30 Taylor Taliulu 5-11 184 Fr. Aiea, Hawaii (Kamehameha)
15 Tyree Toomer 5-11 200 Sr. Los Angeles (St. John Bosco)
SS 20 Deone Bucannon 6-1 192 Jr. Fairfield, Calif. (Vanden)
22 Casey Locker 5-11 192 Jr. Ferndale
CB 2 Nolan Washington 5-11 182 Jr. Seattle (Kennedy)
24 Daniel Simmons 5-10 184 Sr. Ontario, Calif. (Colony)

Horton and Bucannon have a combined nine interceptions. Cougars need Washington to emerge at cornerback. Taliulu has been an early playmaker.

Bud Withers


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