Spring 2008 Depth Chart and Analysis

KEVIN KOOYMAN

THE FIRST DEPTH CHART for Washington State's 2008 football season is hot off the presses. Among the names and noteworthy placements contained within are those of Kevin Kooyman, Daniel Blackledge, Andy Mattingly, Benny Ward, Andrew Roxas, Markus Dawes and Devin Frischknecht. And that's just for starters.

One of the more notable items that jumps right off the page is that Andy Roof is now listed at defensive tackle after playing much of two seasons as a starting offensive guard for the Cougs. B.J. Guerra is now listed as the No. 2 left guard after spending a redshirt season on the Wazzu roster as a d-tackle.

Players who will not participate this spring are WR Jared Bjerkestrand (torn Achilles tendon), RB Dwight Tardy (knee surgery) and CB Devin Giles (academics, see story on CF.C front page). Also limited in practice will be TE Ben Woodard (hernia surgery) and OL Steven Ayers (shoulder surgery).

A spring depth chart -- especially with a new coaching staff who has yet to see the Cougars take a single snap with the pads on -- naturally isn't a concrete guide to how things will look at the end of August, and particularly, in some cases, as to the order of names following the starters. The order players are listed at, at some spots, is simply straight off the final depth chart of the final game of last season under the old staff.

Paul Wulff on Friday spelled it out pretty well: "I believe every player has a clean slate...Every kid deserves an opportunity. There are some players who maybe felt they didn't have a fair opportunity in the past, whether they did or didn't really doesn't matter at this point. They all have an opportunity to prove themselves and show consistency in their daily lives."

With that said, there are a number of Cougars who see their name pencilled in as a starter for the first time in their Washington State careers, including Kevin Kooyman, Daniel Blackledge, Benny Ward, Andrew Roxas, and Devin Frischknecht. Additionally, Andy Mattingly is listed as a starting defensive end after a super-soph season at outside linebacker in '07 and CB Markus Dawes, who is petitioning for an extra year, finds himself pencilled in as a No. 1.

Spring 2008 Washington State Depth Chart

COUGAR OFFENSE

X 15 *** [object Object] BENNY WARD (6-3, 186, Sr.)
88 * [object Object] Anthony Houston (6-3, 201, #So.)
24 [dnp] Jared Bjerkestrand (6-4, 194, #Sr.) INJ
83 [dnp] Kameron Thurmond (6-4, 190, #Fr.)

F 86 * [object Object] DANIEL BLACKLEDGE (6-2, 179, So.)
22 * [dnp] Michael Willis (6-1, 204, #Jr.)
87 [dnp] Keith Rosenberg (5-10, 190, #So.)

LT 55 [12] VAUGHN LESUMA (6-5, 340,Sr.)
67 [object Object] Joe Eppele (6-7, 277, #So.)
52 [object Object] Nick Cantlon (6-5, 274, #Sr.)

LG 73 * [1] ANDREW ROXAS (6-1, 295, So.)
79 [dnp] B.J. Guerra (6-3, 315, #Fr.)
68 [dnp] Mike Bruce (6-3, 285, #Fr.)
79 [object Object] Brian Danaher (6-3, 273, #So.)

C 69 ** [11] KENNY ALFRED (6-2, 293, #Jr.)
78 [dnp] Steven Ayers (6-4, 299, #Fr.)
57 [object Object] Chris Prummer (6-1, 236, #Fr.)
64 [object Object] Jimmy Magee (6-2, 289, #Jr.)

RG 60 *** [12] DAN ROWLANDS (6-5, 290, #Sr.)
56 [object Object] Kevin Freitag (6-4, 316, #Fr.)
51 [object Object] Nick LaBorde (6-2, 246, #Fr.)
61 [object Object] Jeff Bowen (6-1, 281, #Sr.)

RT 76 * [12] MICAH HANNAM (6-4, 279, #So.)
66 [object Object] Reed Lesuma (6-3, 302, #Jr.)
75 [object Object] Will Hunter (6-5, 295, #Fr.)
72 [object Object] Tanner Way (6-4, 351, #Fr.)

TE 80 * [object Object] DEVIN FRISCHKNECHT (6-3, 256, Sr.)
48 ** [object Object] Ben Woodard (6-5, 249, #Jr.)
46 * [object Object] Tony Thompson (6-2, 237, #Jr.)
89 * [object Object] Trevor Mooney (6-6, 250, #So.)
40 [object Object] Aaron Gehring (6-5, 237, #So.)
46 [object Object] Mikel Overgaard (6-5, 219, #Fr.)

Z 4 *** [11] BRANDON GIBSON (6-1, 202, Sr.)
80 [object Object] Greg Walker (6-3, 175, #So.)
32 [object Object] Reid McEllrath (6-4, 219, #Jr.)
26 [dnp] Corey Williams (6-1, 188, #Jr.)
37 [dnp] Randy Johnson (6-4, 201, #So.)

QB 17 ** [object Object] GARY ROGERS (6-7, 234, #Sr.)
18 [object Object] Cole Morgan (6-2, 198, #Jr.)
12 [dnp] Kevin Lopina (6-3, 229, #Jr.)
12 [dnp] Marshall Lobbestael (6-3, 201, #Fr.)
5 [dnp] J.T. Levenseller (6-1, 187, Fr.)
19 [object Object] Dan Wagner (5-11, 209, #Fr.)

RB 31 * [10] DWIGHT TARDY (5-11, 212, #So.) INJ
34 ** [3] Chris Ivory (6-0, 228, Jr.)
30 [object Object] Marcus Richmond (6-1, 215, #So.)
33 [dnp] Logwone Mitz (6-0, 228, #Fr.)
12 [dnp] Casey Thometz (6-0, 200, #Jr.)
42 [dnp] Joe Campbell (5-10, 163, #Fr.)

K 35 * [object Object] WADE PENNER (5-10, 155, So.)
21 [dnp] Matt Myers (5-11, 207, #Fr.)


COUGAR DEFENSE
LE 93 ** [2] Kevin Kooyman (6-6, 242, Jr.)
98 [object Object] Jesse Feagin (6-3, 261, Sr.)
68 [dnp] Bob Hilgert (6-2, 228, #Jr.)
61 [dnp] Bret Lindstron 6-3, 220, #Fr.)

LT 77 *** [object Object] MATT EICHELBERGER (6-4, 317, #Sr.)
90 [object Object] Toby Turpin (6-6, 268, #So.)
74 [object Object] Luke Hansell (6-2, 244, #Jr.)

RT 92 *** [8] A'I AHMU (6-0, 292, Sr.)
74 *** [dnp] Andy Roof (6-4, 299, #Sr.)
94 [dnp] Nathan Lanting (6-1, 259, #Fr.)

RE 45 ** [6] ANDY MATTINGLY (6-4, 241, Jr.)
96 *** [2] Mike Graise (6-3, 220, #Sr.)
97 [dnp] Asly Jean-Jacques (6-1, 226, #So.)
83 [dnp] Bryce Buslach (6-5, 179, #Fr.)

SAM 38 *** [12] CORY EVANS (6-2, 240, Sr.)
53 * [object Object] Hallston Higgins (5-10, 215, So.)
39 [dnp] Andrew Kreutz (5-11, 194, #So.)
46 [dnp] Darrin Friberg (6-2, 194, #So.)

MIKE 52 *** [12] GREG TRENT (5-11, 220, Sr.)
47 [dnp] Marshal Pirtz (6-0, 231, #Fr.)
54 [object Object] Sam Tennant (6-0, 205, #Jr.)

WILL 49 * [11] KENDRICK DUNN (5-11, 224, #Sr.)
51 * [dnp] Jason Stripling (5-11, 219, #Jr.)

LCB 6 * [object Object] MARKUS DAWES (5-11, 193, #Sr.)
29 * [object Object] Romeo Pellum (5-10, 162, So.)
34 [dnp] Tyree Williams (5-11, 167, #Fr.)

SS 18 * [9] ALFONSO JACKSON (5-9, 204, Sr.)
13 [dnp] Myron Beck (6-0, 207, #So.)
42 [dnp] Eric Block (6-0, 179, #Fr.)

FS 26 * [2] XAVIER HICKS, Jr. (6-0, 193, #Jr.)
25 [dnp] Easton Johnson (5-11, 196, #So.)
35 [dnp] Deon Ford (6-0, 215, #Fr.)
27 [dnp] Phillip Jennings (6-1, 195, #Fr.)

RCB 21 * [12] CHIMA NWACHUKWU (5-11, 189, So.)
37 [dnp] Tyrone Justin (5-11, 151, #Fr.)
47 [dnp] Tali Talakai (5-11, 185, Sr.)

P 8 * [8] REID FORREST (6-2, 175, #So.)
19 [object Object] Dan Wagner (5-11, 209, #Fr.)

COUGAR SPECIAL TEAMS
KO: 35 Wade Penner (5-10, 155, So.)
FIELD GOALS: 35 Wade Penner (5-10, 155, So.)
LONG SNAPS: 43 Tony Thompson (6-2, 240, #Jr.)
63 Zach Enyeart (6-0, 267, #So.)
P-RETURNS: 37 Tyrone Justin (5-11, 151, #Fr.)
86 Daniel Blackledge (6-2, 179, So.)
KO-RETURN: 34 Chris Ivory (6-0, 228, Jr.)
4 Brandon Gibson (6-1, 202, Sr.)

[ ] = Number of 2007 starts. * = Varsity letters earned
# = Has redshirted


NOTABLE NOTES:
  • DT Adam Hineline, a walk-on senior-to-be from Bellevue who left the team at the start of last year's fall camp to focus on academics and because he didn't envision seeing playing time, has rejoined the team.

  • It's also worth noting for future reference, in case you were ever vexed at the paucity of names on the depth chart in season, that college football teams in recent years have tended not to fully fill out a depth chart for competitive reasons that have to do with Saturday afternoons in the fall.

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