"I would love to have him in as a linebacker," Breske told CF.C on Saturday at the 16th annual Tri-Cities Tailgate event.
He said he saw Dotson this spring and the multi-dimensional Bellevue product was much bigger than when he came to Pullman on a recruiting visit in the winter.
"He looked really good," Breske said. "I would love to have him."
Alas, Breske said, he expects Leach to give Dotson an opportunity at quarterback starting Day One.
DOTSON IN ELITE 11 ACTION A YEAR AGO.
Dotson was not only a two-way standout at Newport High over the last two seasons, but also an all-league basketball player. Scout.com rated him one of the top 100 safety prospects in the nation in the 2013 recruiting cycle, but analysts generally dubbed him "athlete," as he looks to have what it takes to play quarterback, safety, linebacker or slot receiver in college.
Dotson told CF.C in February that he'll play wherever coaches believe he can help the team most, but says he plans on making it difficult for them to place him anywhere but QB.
He and his fellow freshmen are expected be in Pullman on June 17 to get a jump-start on college life. They'll take six credits through the summer bridge program and participate in voluntary workouts organized by veteran Cougar players.
Asked about new players on defense who could find immediate playing time, Breske said he's taking a wait-and-see approach with the freshmen. But he said you can likely bank on seeing two junior college transfers who enrolled in January and took part in spring drills: Buck linebacker Ivan McLennan and defensive end Lyman Faoliu.
BRESKE SAID SEVERAL RETURNING DEFENDERS who were slowed or sidelined with injuries during spring workouts are expected to be at full strength by the Fourth of July.
Safety Deone Bucannon and linemen Robert Barber and Destiny Vaeao are already 100 percent, he said, and linebackers Logan Mayes and Chester Su'a, and nose tackle Ioane Gauta are nearly there.
Mayes' recent run-in with the law was not yet known publicly at the time of CF.C's interview with Breske.
As for the future of Toni Pole, who was arrested recently for giving a false name and birth date to police officers responding to a noise complaint, Breske was circumspect. At this point it's unclear whether the junior nose tackle will be back on the field this fall, he said. Ultimately, he noted, it will be the call of Coach Leach.