The Washington State Cougars will kick off their 2014 season tomorrow, springing into motion a Sacajewea junior high in Lewiston, ID. While there are many returners from last season’s surprising 6-7 Gildan New Mexico Bowl qualifying team, there seem to be more questions than answers on the official Fall camp depth chart.
The most notable surprise is that Gabe Marks isn’t listed as a starter, instead Kristoff Williams is manning the “Z” spot and Marks is listed as “or” with Isiah Myers. On the plus side, all three are capable of starting and Marks will get plenty of reps regardless during the season.
Marks’ surgery earlier in the Summer could have had something to do with it (not sure what the surgery was on but CougFan notes he tweeted about it when it happened), as well as his legal run-ins. Indeed, this could simply be a case of him needing to earn the spot back through his play to satisfy some sort of disciplinary action. Or it could just be he may or may not be 100%.
Elsewhere on offense, Sam Flor and Riley Sorenson continue to battle it out for starting Center spot this season. The battle may not last very long, as Connor Halliday and his No. 1 need to log plenty of reps together. It may be beneficial to get less reps with both though, too. We’ll see how Mike Leach plays this.
On defense the secondary is in full flux. The boundary corner lists Tracy Clark or Charleston White while strong safety lists three as possible starters; Isaac Dotson or Beau Glover or David Bucannon.
For a more detailed story of these battles check out this post on CF.C as Barry Bolton did a great job explaining them.