The Washington State Cougars are most definitely not set on their kicking duties as football teams zing through summer workouts. To be quite honest, it’s been mostly a frightening times for Cougar faithful trying to figure out a unit that’s been held down by one of the most reliable players in Cougar-kicking history.
With Andrew Furney trying to make his mark in Seattle at the next level, kickers Erik Powell and Wes Concepcion have tried to make themselves invisible, but that hasn’t happened. Jon Weilbacher is going to walk-on as well, but he figures to be adding to the punting duties. Long story short, no reliable, experienced option on the Cougar roster. But that may change.
Former Fresno State Bulldog Quentin Breshears is walking on to join the Cougs for their 2014 season. Breshears (6’1″, 185 lbs) earned the starting gig in 2012 as a redshirt freshman in Fresno and did a solid job, going 12-15 for an 80% conversion rate according to cfbstats.com. He did have some problems from time to time with missed extra points, missing six on the season in 63 attempts. Regardless, he brings some sort of viable experience to the competition.
It looks like he should have two years to play two at WSU, after redshirting in 2011 and spending 2013 on the Fresno City College roster. Here’s what the Fresno State bio page on Breshears has to say:
2012 (Redshirt Freshman): Handled all PAT and field goal duties during his redshirt freshman season … was 11-for-14 on field-goal attempts with a long of 43 yards … ranked second in the Mountain West in field goal percentage at .786 … his 11 made field goals were the third most in the conference … was 56-of-62 on PAT attempts … made all four of his field goal attempts at No. 4 Oregon … was named the MW Special Teams Player of the Week following the Oregon game, becoming the first Bulldog to ever earn the weekly Mountain West award … also hit two field goals in a 48-15 win over Air Force to close out the regular season.
I would very much like to see this kid starting in 2014 if he can come in and be consistent, the Cougs need some solid play from their kicking game.