4 new Coug footballers started classes today

AN EARLY START for one, a long time coming for two others and another working his way back. Denzell Dotson graduated from high school early and started his college coursework today at WSU. For Rahmel Dockery, a speedy wideout who signed with Wazzu a year ago, back Teondray Caldwell, a Nevada signee last year, and former Oregon kicker Mike Bowlin, the day marks the culmination of a detoured route.

Dotson, Dockery, Bowlin and Caldwell are enrolled in Pullman and taking classes, and no doubt chomping at the bit for spring practices to start in March.

Dotson and Dockery are already becoming friends despite their widely divergent paths to Pullman.

"Hopefully he can score those touchdowns and make me look good," laughed Dotson, a 6-2 1/2, 312-pound offensive lineman from Glendale who turned down an offer from home-state Arizona State in order to go crimson.

Dockery (5-10, 170) was in Pullman back in August waiting for his paperwork to clear, an even was listed on the team's initial depth chart, but when matters didn't progress as hoped he headed home to Tacoma. He spent the fall getting his academic house in order. An All-State tour-de-force in his days at Curtis High, Dockery could play a variety of roles in the Cougar offense. In his last two seasons at Curtis he piled up a collective 4,500 all-purpose yards.

Bowlin, who left Oregon after a redshirt season there in 2009, may be the one to solve the Cougars' ongoing lack of distance on kickoffs. This past season at Saddleback JC, Bowlin eared firts team all-league honors, averaging 64.1 yards per kickoff with 14 touchbacks. By comparison, WSU had one touchback in 2011. Bowlin also hit on 11 of 15 field goal attempts this past season.

Caldwell does his best work in open space and has more moves and elusiveness than his 5-10, 205-pound frame would suggest. He rushed for 1,085 yards and 19 TDs his senior season in high school but he has good hands and figures to also play a role in WSU's passing game.

Dotson, while a lineman, is also versatile. "I'm not sure where I'll line up, wherever they want to put me is fine. But I think they're going to give me snaps at center but keep me at guard," he tells CF.C.

Dotson, an excellent student, said this day is one he's been looking forward to for some time and not just academically.

"Because that's when football will really start for me too, with lifting and everything else. I can't wait," said Dotson, a First-Team All-State and All-Conference selection as a prep senior.

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