The Washington State football team has had a terrible time with injuries this Spring, which puts into play a lot of backups but also gives me a view I’ve not yet thought about. If the injury bug were to continue into the Fall, we could see a whole lot more freshmen than what coach Mike Leach wants in some games, which would of course waste redshirts.
Thursday continued the trend that is ‘the daily injury’ as Dominique Williams, Washington State’s most intriguing deep threat at receiver, was drilled by the hard hitting Casey Locker. Not sure if Williams knew where he was after that, but he was visibly dazed and stayed on the turf before being helped to the sidelines and getting treated by staff for about 15 minutes. And the beat goes on.
Another interesting story coming out of day 10 is that Bennett Bontemps saw a closing in his opportunity to play any significant time at receiver (despite the Williams’ injury the Cougars are deep at receiver). Because of this Bontemps has requested to try his hand in the secondary and with even more injuries over there he will try to make up for lost time by being a play-maker over there. He did play some safety in high school and knows some things about route running, which could really help out his chances. It would be especially beneficial for him if he could make some big plays on that side during his Spring Game opportunities next weekend.
And finally Kache Palacio is making a bid for starting BUCK linebacker. Thursday he ran with the 1’s again, while Ivan McLennan ran with the second team. That’s probably a position battle that will come down to the final week of Fall camp.
The team should run again on Saturday and a scrimmage is likely.