October 27, 2012; Stanford, CA, USA; Washington State Cougars wide receiver Dominique Williams (80) catches a touchdown pass in front of Stanford Cardinal cornerback Alex Carter (25) during the second quarter at Stanford Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports
About a week ago, Bleach Report put out an article “1 Thing To Fear About Every College Football Team“. Well, I have a major quip with the WSU choice.
The link above should lead you directly to the Washington State portion of the page and you can click back a spot to see that for some reason (in fact inexplicably when you consider that ASJ is on the Pac-12’s front-runner list along with DeAnthony Thomas and Ka’Deem Carey for a Heisman to begin the season) Keith Price is the Huskies’ one thing to fear about Washington. Really? A clear regression as a junior has left him way off of my “to fear” list, while Kasen Williams, ASJ and Bishop Sankey all come to mind as more important.
At any rate here’s what they said about Wazzu’s Williams:
"He had the highest yards-per-reception average on the squad, and he’s going to be one of the favorite targets this fall.He will have a breakout season this year, and defenses had better figure out that he’s one that they need to keep tabs on quickly. If not, he may just use them to make a real name for himself."
While BR has been slowly becoming more credible all around and most other teams had ‘viable’ choices attached to them, UW and WSU’s picks are mind boggling and their continued attempts to tackle the entire football landscape at one time is some of the reason people dismiss BR all-together. Granted, it’s difficult to find the right thing for every team but if you’re going to tackle the quest of every team, you need to find the real strengths of EVERY TEAM!
What they say about Williams is probably correct, but WSU’s choice has to be “the passing game” right?
I mean, we all know Dominique had a productive second half in 2012, but the passing game was a top 10 offense between 2 quarterbacks in 2012! TOP FREAKIN’ 10! That’s a lot bigger than Williams or any other single Coug receiver on the roster. It’s not going to take a brain surgeon to understand that worrying about one receiver will leave you wishing you knew more about WSU with Mike Leach at the helm. There’s no “single” receiver to worry about, it’s the entire corps, didn’t they learn that in year 1 with Marquess Wilson?
The breakout of Gabe Marks, emergence of Brett Bartolone, returns of Rickey Galvin, Bobby Ratliff and Kristoff Williams (who was the highest touted athlete coming into the program in a long time just recently), along with the bringing in of JC All-American Vince Mayle are all reasons people better watch out for everybody on the depth chart. That doesn’t even include what I think will be the breakout season of the year in the Pac-12 for a kid that finally gets his shot at a full time starting position at quarterback, junior Connor Halliday. But of course, that has little bearing on this conversation without the proof as of yet.
Pac-12 defensive coordinators know better though. They’ll prepare for the entire array of Cougar weaponry, or at least they’ll attempt to. The issue they’ll run into is that it’s probably going to be a different guy or three stepping up every week, so expect another top 10 offensive passing season for Washington State.