WSU Cougars

Washington State Cougars two-deep roster

A breakdown of the Washington State Cougars’ football roster heading into the 2014 season.

2013 record: 6-7; tied for fourth in the Pac-12 Conference North (4-5). Returning 15 starters. 2013 Pac-12 media poll predicted finish: Fifth (Pac-12 North)

* Starters in bold.

QUARTERBACKS

The skinny: Connor Halliday ranked third in the Football Bowl Subdivision with a school-record 4,597 passing yards last season. “Honestly, I think he has the ability to win the Heisman,” said teammate Xavier Cooper, the former Wilson High School star. Halliday led the FBS with 22 interceptions, but he had just five in the last five games, and he tied Ryan Leaf’s school record of 34 touchdown passes.

Backup: Luke Falk may have outplayed 4-star recruit Tyler Bruggman in the spring after walking on last fall. Bruggman transferred to Louisville, and 2013 backup Austin Apodaca headed to Mesa (Ariz.) Community College, so Falk is the No. 2 QB. Halliday is the only WSU quarterback with college game experience.

No. Name/position Ht. Wt. Yr.-Exp. Hometown/Last School
12 Connor Halliday/QB 6-4 201 RS-Sr-2V Spokane/Ferris
4 Luke Falk/QB 6-4 208 RS-Fr-SQ Logan, Utah/Logan

WIDE RECEIVERS

The skinny: The Cougars, who usually play four receivers at a time, have speed, depth, size, toughness and great hands at this position. “Those guys may be the best receiving group in the nation,” WSU linebacker Darryl Monroe said. Gabe Marks, who caught 74 passes last season (second in school history), might redshirt. Whether it’s due to an injury (he had an unspecified operation in the offseason) or something else, the Cougars won’t say.

Backups: A player is only as good as his last game/play/practice in coach Mike Leach’s world. With receivers in particular, Leach is not adverse to moving players around and altering playing time.

No. Name/position Ht. Wt. Yr.-Exp. Hometown/Last school
1 Vince Mayle/X 6-3 219 RS-Sr-1V Natomas, Calif./Sierra JC
80 Dom Williams/X 6-2 190 RS-Jr-2V Pomona, Calif./Garey
84 River Cracraft/Y 6-0 199 So-1V Trabuco, Calif./Santa Margarita
15 Robert Lewis/Y 5-9 162 RS-Fr-SQ South Gate, Calif./South East
5 Rickey Galvin/H 5-8 171 RS-Sr-3V Berkeley, Calif./Berkeley
83 Calvin Green/H 5-10 170 Fr-HS Sacramento, Calif./Luther Burbank
18 Kristoff Williams/Z 6-2 210 RS-Sr-3V Antioch, Calif./Deer Valley
88 Isiah Myers/Z 6-0 189 Sr-3V Orlando, Fla./Olympia
9 Gabe Marks/Z 6-0 181 Jr-2V Los Angeles/Venice

RUNNING BACKS

The skinny: Talented redshirt freshmen Jamal Morrow and Gerard Wicks are listed as the top two backs, but don’t be surprised if seniors Marcus Mason and Theron West make an impact at some point.

Backups: Mason led the 2013 Cougars with 429 rushing yards and 865 all-purpose yards. West had a breakout game in the New Mexico Bowl. WSU has ranked last in the nation in rushing attempts and yards during both of Leach’s seasons on the job.

No. Name/position Ht. Wt. Yr.-Exp. Hometown/Last school
25 Jamal Morrow/RB 5-8 187 RS-Fr-SQ Menifee Calif./Heritage
23 Gerard Wicks/RB 5-11 211 RS-Fr-SQ Carson Calif./Long Beach Poly

OFFENSIVE LINE

The skinny: Left tackle Joe Dahl and left guard Gunnar Eklund, who switched positions in the New Mexico Bowl and have remained in their new positions, are the only projected O-linemen who have started a college game.

Backups: The O-line is much bigger and deeper than in Leach’s two first two seasons. Former California junior college stars Devonte McClain and Jacob Seydel could help.

No. Name/position Ht. Wt. Yr.-Exp. Hometown/Last school
56 Joe Dahl/LT 6-4 303 RS-Jr-1V Spokane/University
63 Gunnar Eklund/LG 6-7 305 RS-Jr-2V Lake Stevens/Lake Stevens
69 Devonte McClain/LG 6-5 314 RS-Jr-SQ East Palo Alto, Calif./San Mateo JC
58 Riley Sorenson/C 6-4 321 So-1V Santa Margarita, Calif./Santa Margarita
64 Sam Flor/C 6-4 306 RS-So-SQ Seattle/O’Dea
73 Eduardo Middleton/RG 6-5 318 RS-So-SQ Oceanside, Calif./Oceanside
71 Jacob Seydel/RG 6-6 295 RS-Jr-SQ Riverside, Calif./Riverside JC
61 Cole Madison/RT 6-5 300 RS-Fr-SQ Burien/Kennedy

DEFENSIVE LINE

The skinny: Xavier Cooper vows to return for his senior season next year, but NFL scouts and player agents are making their interest known in the Wilson High product. Toni Pole is an unsung hero who plugs gaps. “For 90 percent, 80 percent of my big plays, Toni was the reason I made those plays,” Cooper said.

Backups: Sophomore nose tackle Robert Barber is 305 pounds of nasty.

No. Name/position Ht. Wt. Yr.-Exp. Hometown/Last school
96 Xavier Cooper/DE-DT 6-4 299 RS-Jr-2V Tacoma/Wilson
99 Darryl Paulo/DE-DT 6-2 261 RS-Jr-1V Sacramento, Calif./Grant
98 Toni Pole/NT 6-1 301 RS-Sr-3V Union City, Calif./James Logan
92 Robert Barber/NT 6-3 305 RS-So-1V Pago Pago, American Samoa/Faga’itua
97 Destiny Vaeao/DE 6-4 295 Jr-2V Pago Pago, American Samoa/Tafuna
50 Lyman Faoliu/DE 6-3 266 Sr-1V Vallejo, Calif./San Mateo JC

LINEBACKERS

The skinny: Darryl Monroe’s energy, leadership and attitude are invaluable. Kache Palacio can be a handful coming off the edge. Cyrus Coen appears to have improved in pass coverage, a weak area in the past. Former Lakewood High quarterback Tana Pritchard made his first three college starts at the end of last season.

Backups: Ivan McLennan, a former junior college All-American who redshirted at WSU last season, struggles with inconsistency at times but possesses impressive athleticism.

No. Name/position Ht. Wt. Yr.-Exp. Hometown/Last school
40 Kache Palacio/BUCK 6-2 227 Jr-2V Gardena, Calif./Junipero Serra
3 Ivan McLennan/BUCK 6-4 236 RS-Jr-SQ El Hawthorne, Calif./El Camino JC
33 Tana Pritchard/WILL 6-3 225 RS-Jr-2V Lakewood/Clover Park
45 Chester Su’a/WILL 6-1 226 RS-Jr-2V Pearl City, Hawaii/Kaimuki
13 Darryl Monroe/MIKE 6-1 235 RS-Jr-2V Orlando, Fla./Dr. Phillips
8 Jeremiah Allison/MIKE 6-2 224 Jr-2V Los Angeles/Dorsey
42 Cyrus Coen/SAM 6-0 208 Sr-3V Pearl City, Hawaii/ Pearl City
26 Paris Taylor/SAM 6-3 206 RS-So-JC Altamonte Springs, Fla./Pierce JC

SECONDARY

The skinny: The defensive backfield has equal measures of promise and inexperience. Daquawn Brown, who started four games as a true freshman last season, starts at cornerback opposite Tracy Clark, a fifth-year senior who has seen little playing time.

Backups: Listed second-stringers include true freshman Jeff Farrar, who arrived in the middle of fall practice after failing to gain admission to Virginia, and junior Teondray Caldwell, who recently moved from running back. Marcellus Pippins and Patrick Porter are promising freshmen cornerbacks.

No. Name/position Ht. Wt. Yr.-Exp. Hometown/Last school
22 Tracy Clark/BCB 5-11 184 RS-Sr-3V Pittsburg, Calif./Pittsburg
10 Jeff Farrar/BCB 5-11 196 Fr-HS Pasadena, Calif./Upland
33 Darius Lemora/SS 6-1 218 RS-Fr-SQ Port Arthur, Texas/Memorial
34 Teondray Caldwell/SS 5-8 197 Jr-2V Los Angeles/Venice
30 Taylor Taliulu/FS 5-11 206 Jr-2V Aiea, Hawaii (Kamehameha)
36 Isaac Dotson/FS 6-1 218 So-1V Bellevue/Newport
25 Daquawn Brown/FCB 5-11 175 So-1V Los Angeles/Dorsey
16 Charleston White/FCB 5-10 176 RS-Fr-SQ Amarillo, Texas/Palo Duro

KICKERS/SPECIAL TEAMS

The skinny: Don’t pay too much attention to the depth chart, because names and roles may change hourly in the early going. Andrew Furney, one of the best kickers in school history, will be difficult to replace.

No. Name/position Ht. Wt. Yr.-Exp. Hometown/Last school
40 Erik Powell/K 6-1 178 RS-Fr-SQ Vancouver, Wash./Seton Catholic
41 Quentin Breshears/K 6-0 173 RS-Jr-JC Turlock, Calif./Fresno City JC
44 Wes Concepcion/P 6-0 188 RS-Jr-1V Kent/Kentridge
45 Jordan Dascalo/P 6-1 180 Fr.-HS Woodland Hills, Calif./Taft
84 River Cracraft/H 6-0 199 So-1V Trabuco Canyon, Calif./Santa Margarita
36 Isaac Dotson/H 6-1 218 So-1V Bellevue/Newport
84 River Cracraft/PR 6-0 199 So-1V Trabuco Canyon, Calif./Santa Margarita
27 Marcellus Pippins/PR 5-10 163 Fr-HS El Cerrito, Calif. (El Cerrito)
18 Kristoff Williams/KR 6-2 210 RS-Sr-3V Antioch, Calif./Deer Valley
5 Rickey Galvin/KR 5-8 171 RS-Sr-3V Berkeley, Calif./Berkeley

SCHEDULE

AUG. 28

Rutgers at Seattle, 7 p.m., FOX Sports 1

WSU looks superior on paper, but Cougs have struggled at CenturyLink Field.

SEPT. 6

At Nevada, 7:30 p.m., ESPN

Senior QB Cody Fajardo will test WSU’s young secondary.

SEPT. 13

Portland State at WSU, 5 p.m., Pac-12 Network

Projected Big Sky also-rans just want the $500,000 payday.

SEPT. 20

Oregon at WSU, TBA

The Ducks are ranked third in the nation for a reason.

SEPT. 27

At Utah, TBA

A home loss to WSU won’t improve the shaky job status of Utes coach Kyle Whittingham.

OCT. 4

California at WSU, TBA

The Bears are ranked 116th out of 128 FBS teams by USA Today.

OCT. 10

At Stanford, 6 p.m., ESPN

The 11th-ranked Cardinal figure to be plenty tough in Palo Alto.

OCT. 25

Arizona at WSU, TBA

One of WSU’s three Pac-12 road wins last season came at Arizona.

NOV. 1

USC at WSU, TBA

No. 15 Trojans eager to avenge last year’s home loss to the Cougars.

NOV. 8

At Oregon State, TBA

OSU’s Sean Mannion set a Pac-12 record with 4,662 passing yards in ’13.

NOV. 22

At Arizona State, TBA

The Cougars were outscored 88-7 in their past two trips to Tempe.

NOV. 29

Washington at WSU, TBA

WSU lost 4 of the past 5 Apple Cups, but won in OT in Pullman in 2012.

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