"I think two will play significantly, and I don't know how it's going to unfold as we get into camp, but if we were to play today it would be Theron West and Jamal Morrow," said Mike Leach.
As for the battle at center, it's close to a dead heat between Sam Flor and Riley Sorensen. But one of them holds a slight edge, said Leach.
"I felt like when we left spring Sam Flor was a little ahead of Riley Sorenson -- Riley's got some versatility and stuff, but it's really, really close," said Leach. "Most of spring they went back and forth, their reps were even, and I anticipate that being the case as we go into camp and we'll sort it from there."
"I thought they (offensive line) improved tremendously, I thought our two most improved groups were the offensive line and the secondary. We're bigger on the o-line than we have been, we're more athletic on the o-line than we have been and we're deeper on the o-line than we have been. And we're younger on the o-line than we have been."
LEACH HASN'T BEEN at WSU long enough to have brought in a lot of recruiting classes but the recruits he has brought in, it's starting to play off. That became apparent when he was asked who had impressed him this spring.
"A bunch of those young o-linemen, they're bigger and more athletic even though they're young," said Leach. "I think Sam Flor did some good things, I think Riley Sorenson did some good things. Cole Madison did some good things, Cody O'Connell did some good things. Jamal Morrow did some good things, Theron West has really developed over the couple years he's been here.
"Vince Mayle I thought played better, River Cracraft continues to improve, Drew Loftus has improved. (Other) young guys, Robert Lewis I thought played well, and is definitely better than he has been. And then Calvin Green, as he started to lift off, showed a lot of speed and toughness."
And that was just on offense.
"On defense," said Leach, "I thought those guys that have been here that we redshirted did a good job: (Daniel) Ekuale, Emmitt Su'a(-Kalio), Ivan McLennan, Robert Barber. Let's see, the linebackers, Jeremiah Allison was doing some good things out there.
"I thought Beau Glover would be (considered) one of the biggest surprises of the spring, a walk on who played really hard, really precise, high effort. I think Daquawn (Brown) has improved and Marcellus Pippins did some really good things and Tracy Clark is playing as good as he has been."
LEACH SAID he has no preconceived notions on which incoming rookies might play for the Cougs this season. Leach's general rule of thumb has been that if a player is good enough to be in the two-deeps, he'll play.
"You never know, we've got plenty of holes to fill, everybody does. If a guy's in the two-deep though he doesn't typically redshirt," said Leach.
Leach said he expects the incoming class to arrive for the second summer school session.
"They'll come in the last week of June," said Leach.
LEACH SAID the staff will meet with WSU's compliance department, after the May Evaluation period, to firm up their plan for how they'll schedule the eight hours a week during the summer schools are now allowed to assign as mandatory offseason work (and with coaches now allowed to be around the players and observe.)
"You're allowed to be around them if a ball is not in the air whether it's encouraging academics or just outlining things you need them to do," said Leach.
Leach said this current evaluation period, with the WSU assistant coaches out on the road through May, is about both recruiting and evaluation, and those evaluations extend to the underclassmen for future years. The most productive of those visits the assistant coaches will take to high schools this month, Leach said, are the ones where the school is holding a spring practice session the coaches can observe.