A week into WSU football camp, here’s a look at how the offensive depth chart is shaping up
Washington State is now a full week of practices into fall football camp.
A take a stab at predicting the depth chart based on how things have looked through Week 1.
At this point, I would bet this is the first team offensive line configuration the Cougars take into the season. The bigger questions come at running back and receiver, where there’s a glut of talent that will make it tough for the coaching staff to decide who plays and who sits. The second team offensive line is also a work in progress, so expect some changes there over the next three weeks.
At spots where there have been multiple people splitting reps with the second team, I’ve jotted down a three-deep instead of a two-deep.
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#4 Luke Falk (6-4, 223 pounds, rs-sr.)
#3 Tyler Hilinski (6-3, 213 pounds, rs-so.)
Even Mike Leach hasn’t tried to say that there’s a quarterback competition in camp this year. After all, he has a dark horse Heisman candidate returning for his senior season. No, this is very much Luke Falk’s team
LT: #60 Andre Dillard (6-5, 306 pounds, rs-jr.), #63 Liam Ryan (6-5, 281 pounds, rs-fr.)
LG: #76 Cody O’Connell (6-9, 368 pounds, rs-sr.), #79 Cedric Bigge-Duren (6-6, 320 pounds, rs-so.)
C: #69 Fred Mauigoa (6-3, 315 pounds, so.), #55 Noah Osur-Myers (6-4, 295 pounds, rs-so.)
RG: #75 B.J. Salmonson (6-4, 310 pounds, rs-sr.), #74 Robert Valencia (6-6, 291 pounds, rs-jr.)
RT: #61 Cole Madison (6-5, 314 pounds, rs-sr.), #65 Josh Watson (6-4, 292 pounds, rs-fr.)
The coaches seem pleased with the way the first-team offensive line has played in camp so far. They’re high on center Fred Mauigoa, who’s only a sophomore. At right guard, B.J. Salmonson is a trusted veteran who’s filled in as the sixth man on the offensive line before, so he’s slid seamlessly into position as the projected starter next to Cole Madison.
RB: #25 Jamal Morrow (5-9, 203 pounds, rs-sr.), #32 James Williams (5-11, 195 pounds, rs-so.), #23 Gerard Wicks (6-0, 221 pounds, rs-sr.), #24 Keith Harrington (5-8, 190 pounds, rs-jr.)
The competition here is neck-and-neck, and Leach and running backs coach Jim Mastro maintain they cannot use four backs during the season. If I had to guess right now, Morrow, Williams and Wicks will get the…