Rookie DE already at top of WSU depth chart

PAUL WULFF wasn't exaggerating last month at his annual dinner in Seattle when he said JC transfer Ian Knight was going to play right away. Washington State today unveiled the depth chart heading into spring workouts, which begin Monday, and Knight is penned in as the starting defensive end opposite Travis Long. That spot used to belong to graduating Kevin Kooyman.

Long, by the way, is recovering from off-season shoulder surgery and won't participate in spring workouts, so that could open some opportunity for the likes of Adam Coerper, Justin Mann and January enrollee Xavier Cooper. DE Jordan Pu'u Robinson, who missed last season with a knee injury, is still rehabbing and will miss spring workouts.

As for Ian Knight, he has only been in Pullman since January, but already his legend is growing. Unofficial reports from observer's at the school's rec center suggest that his body fat borders somewhere between nil and non-existent.

Knight checks in at 6-2 and 244, but it's his speed more than his ripped physique that caught Wulff's attention on the recruiting trail. He is the quintessential speed-rushing end. He had a team-leading 14.5 tackles-for-loss at Butler College in Kansas this past season. and was third on the team with 56 total tackles. He posted 5.5 sacks, 2 pass break ups, 4 QB hurries and a forced fumble. Butler was runner-up in the NJCCA national title game.

Knight, originally from Wichita Heights, Kan., was offered scholarships by Illinois and others coming out of high school before heading the JC route. He chose WSU over Kansas, Purdue, Ohio, Rutgers and others.

THERE WEREN'T ANY REAL surprises in WSU's spring depth chart. Junior Anthony Laurenzi, as expected, replaced graduating Bernard Wolfgramm as the starting DT opposite Brandon Rankin, and Sekope Kaufusi moved into the No. 1 strongside linebacking spot in place of graduating Myron Beck.

On offense, the line is all familiar faces with David Gonzalez and John Fulington at the tackles and B.J. Guerra and Wade Jacobson at the guards. Fifth-year senior Andrew Roxas, who has a ton of playing experience behind him, moves into the starting center's slot left by graduating Zack Williams. Roxas figures to have a fight on his hands, however, with touted JC transfer Taylor Meighen. Elliott Bosch, who also may get a shot at center, is listed in the new depth chart as the No. 2 right guard behind Guerra.

At running back, which figures to a position of considerable intrigue this spring, senior Logwone Mitz is listed as No. 1, followed by Carl Winston, Leon Brooks, Rickey Galvin and Arthur Burns.

SPRING BALL OPENS MONDAY and, just as we have been for every spring session since 1999, will be on hand to cover every single practice.

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