In yesterdays' game notes we got a look at WSU's first depth chart since the start of fall camp and while it was mostly as-expected, there were a few surprises.
Read on after the jump.
-- The starting cornerbacks are Tracy Clark at boundary corner and Daquawn Brown at field corner. That's expected. What's a little surprising is that true freshman Jeff Farrar is listed as Clark's backup despite missing all of fall camp. The quarterback is more likely to throw to the boundary cornerbacks side because it is a shorter field, meaning the coaches are placing a lot of trust in Farrar despite his small number of practices. Charleston White will backup Brown, he's very athletic, which will come in handy since the field cornerback is asked to cover more ground.
-- Safety is where things get really interesting. Redshirt freshman Darius Lemora held onto the starting strong safety spot that he took over midway through fall camp. He's going to be backed up by Teondray Caldwell, who recently moved over from running back. Caldwell has played well in practice but hasn't yet covered college receivers in a game, so the fact that he's already in the two deeps is either encouraging or discouraging, depending upon if you're the glass half full or empty type. Isaac Dotson's appearance as Taylor Taliulu's backup at free safety is encouraging, because it means he's recovered from the injuries that limited him through much of fall camp. He's moved over from strong safety and at 218 is one of the bigger free safeties you'll see. Even though Sulaiman Hameed does not appear in the two-deep I'd be a little surprised if he doesn't play.
-- Eduardo Middleton is listed as the starting right guard, overtaking Jacob Seydel. This confirms what we've seen in practice over the last week or so, as the coaches switched Middleton over from right guard and have been giving him more and more first team reps.
-- Gabe Marks may yet redshirt but it looks like the coaches still hope he'll play. He and Isiah Myers are both listed as backing up Kristoff Williams at the Z receiver position.
-- We're starting to get a clearer picture on special teams. Wes Concepcion and Jordan Dascalo are both listed as the starting punter – that's what the "or" means – and the guess here is that both will see ample playing time and special teams coordinator Eric Russell will have a quick hook after bad plays.
-- At punt returner we see River Cracraft and Marcellus Pippins, again separated by an "or." Cracraft, the receiver, has the surer hands of the two, while Pippins has had a few muffs. If the Cougars see something they can take advantage of to spring a big play my guess is they'll give Pippins a shot. If the punt is likely to land within 20 yards of WSU's end zone, is likely to be fair caught or Pippins struggles in practice this week they'll surely go with Cracraft.