The Washington State Cougars welcome back their most complete wide receiving unit in school history for the 2014 season. In their 2013 campaign, WSU saw 10 players per game on average catch the ball and they are all back with the exception of Bobby Ratliff and Bennett Bontemps. Washington State is poised to boast the best receiving group in the Pac-12 in 2014 but there is a vacancy to be filled in Ratliff’s leave.
So we welcome Keith Harrington in.
Keith is a 3 star recruit who mainly played running back in high school in Saint Petersburg, Florida. He was recruited as a wide receiver for Mike Leach and the Washington State Cougars. Keith is a small (5-8, 169 lbs) and quick player. His ability to explode through holes in the defense is undoubtedly one of the many thing that got the Washington State coaching staff’s attention. He will be used in the quick passing game most of the time as he is most dangerous with the ball in his hands. He reminds me of Ricky Galvin as far as body type but his running style reminds me a lot of Marcus Mason.
Harrington is also a “Leach-type” of receiver, because he is well disciplined when it comes to blocking. It is not only important in this offense to be able to receive the screen pass and take it up field but you must be able to spring the screen game for your teammates as well, converted running backs are ideal for this.
I wouldn’t be surprised if Keith redshirts his first year. He will most likely take a little longer to adjust to the system since his primary position was running back although he did play some wide out. Either way, Washington State is glad to have him.