CF.C Spring Summary: SAFETY

PULLMAN – The Cougar safeties had their work cut out for them during the recently concluded spring football drills at Washington State, going up against an unusually deep pool of Wazzu receivers. Three in the group most made heads turn.

Deone Bucannon is an anomaly.

Listed at 6-1, 186 pounds, he still looks rail thin out there.

But boy does he ever bring the hammer.

Indeed, he remains one of the hardest hitters and most physical players you'll see in the Pac-12 defensive backfields on Saturdays. Still, as good as his freshman debut was in '10, he still made some freshman mistakes, as one would expect.

This spring, he got to where he needed to be quickly and his reads were better. And of course, there were some crunching blows dealt out. Bucannon is about more than just the big hits, however.

It should be exciting for Cougar fans, the level he's at headed into just his second year. He turned in an excellent spring.

Tyree Toomer played well this spring. Cougar receivers were able to beat him on the deep ball at times, such as when Marquess Wilson left his corner in the dust and Toomer was a little late in arriving.

But more often than not, he'd then follow that up with plays where he not only got there, he made the pass deflection.

Bucannon and Toomer got the majority of the plays with the 1s this spring. Showing considerable improvement, however, was Casey Locker.

Locker is a gamer and played impressively on the reps he got in with the 1s and he had a few nice picks over the course of the spring. He will throw his body out there, all 5-11 and 186 pounds worth, regardless of what's coming at him.

Speaking to that end, Locker laid a monster hit on Jared Karstetter during one of the scrimmages, who has about five inches and 25 pounds on him. Bucannon and Toomer look to be the probable starters when fall camp opens but keep an eye on Locker, he made some big strides this spring and the coaches took notice.

Overall, the Cougar safeties got to the ball quickly and played well this spring. The receivers held the overall edge, but the competition was considerable and the safeties as a group looked more consistent than last year.

NOTABLE NOTE:
Anthony Carpenter was listed as the No. 2 safety on the pre-spring depth chart by WSU but he saw plenty of action at corner this spring. Tyrone Duckett spent time at both safety and linebacker and Matthew Simmons, who will be a second year freshman, looks to need more seasoning. Jay Matthews has fought the injury bug seemingly since the fourth year junior-to-be stepped foot on campus.

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