SPIRITS WERE HIGH Thursday as Washington State opened spring football practices. The numerous…
WSU Pre-Spring Depth Chart released
Byers, a graduate of Pullman High, was moved from linebacker to fullback in October of last year. Laufasa, a graduate of Seattle's Evergreen High, comes to WSU by way of Army.
The Cougs did not list a FB on the depth chart last year on either spring or fall camp prospectus. An initial check shows the last time the Cougs listed fullback on the depth chart was the post-fall camp depth chart of 2005, when Jed Collins and Brandon Asuega-Stark were listed 1-2 headed into the season opener.
To what degree Paul Wulff intends to implement more two back sets in 2010 remains to be seen, starting perhaps as soon as this Thursday when the Cougars kick off spring drills.
Also of note is that a depth chart is but a guide. Drawing hard and fast conclusions on what 1st string vs. 4th string really means can be erroneous, in part because a pre-camp depth chart often emphasizes seniority. There also figures to be movement at some positions by newcomers and redshirt freshmen -- Wade Jacobson, Brandon Rankin and Sekope Kaufusi are but a few examples.
Jacobson is listed as a third string left tackle while Rankin, listed at 271 pounds, is a third string defensive end. But both are expected to battle for starting jobs this season, and Rankin may play some inside. Meanwhile, Kaufusi is listed as the fourth string SAM linebacker on the depth chart, but he too is expected to be a key contributor this season and also, between now and the season opener, has the potential to earn a starting job.
Also, Wulff has indicated more than once this offseason Kaufusi might not necessarily play a typical SAM linebacker role -- he might be more of a loaded SAM type and/or could at times be putting his hand down on the line.
Here's Washington State's pre-spring depth chart:
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