Cougar freshman Nick Begg provides versatility
Washington State coaches could use newcomer at tight end, defensive end or linebacker.
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LEWISTON, Idaho – Finding Nick Begg on a Washington State practice field can be tricky.
One can never be certain what position, or even what side of the ball the 6-foot-5, 253-pound freshman will be practicing with that day.
The WSU coaches brought Begg onto the team with the idea that his body type could make him an ideal tight end, or defensive end, or outside linebacker. Unless, of course, his body type changes and he grows into an offensive lineman.
They are sure he will play, eventually; they just aren’t sure where it will be.
“We’re kind of curious what the future holds as far as where he ends up,” coach Mike Leach said. “I think he probably needs another offseason, stuff like that, but those guys that are as tall as him, run as well as he does, long arms, they have a funny way of always finding a place.”
Begg began his collegiate career at Arizona State in 2013 as a defensive end. He was only a part-time student, however, asked to “gray shirt” or delay his enrollment one season.
Because he wasn’t a member of the roster, he was able to transfer without penalty to Washington State, where he was welcomed by a pair of high-school teammates, offensive lineman Riley Sorenson and receiver River Cracraft.
“He obviously wasn’t happy with where he was, and me and River were just like maybe you should up see if you can come up here,” Sorenson said. “So we were up here, we could help him out, we could show him around and we were his friends so he would have someone to hang out with.”
After reuniting with his high-school teammates, Begg did more than hang out with Cracraft and Sorenson. He trained alongside each of them.
“Well, I think in the end probably tight end, (defensive) end or outside linebacker is where he’ll end up,” Leach said.
• In Saturday’s scrimmage, Peyton Bender threw two touchdown passes and Connor Halliday threw for one. Halliday was 11 for 16 for 95 yards, Luke Falk was 9 of 15 for 96 yards, Connor Ennis was 6 of 9 for 47 yards and Bender was 6 of 8 for 38 yards. Kristoff Williams had three receptions for 36 yards.