Pac-12 Media Day not only source of WSU news

ON A DAY WHEN Jeff Tuel is likened to Stonewall Jackson thanks to his ability to attack from all angles, while bombarding, bashing Travis Long draws a nod toward to Ulysses S. Grant, it's hard to imagine much more of note coming out of Planet Coug, er, Battlefield Coug. But we nonetheless managed to find a few nuggets.

WSU's newly updated football roster includes a new kicker, Wes Concepcion, a two-time all-league performer from Kentridge High who also starred in soccer. He graduated a year ago and comes in as a sophomore.

The roster also is missing a familiar face. Special teams fixture Kyle McCartney, who graduated in May, has opted not to use his fifth year of eligibility. He appeared in 32 games for the Cougs over the last three seasons after walking on in 2008 from Edmonds-Woodway High.

Of the incoming members of WSU's recruiting class, the new roster leaves question marks on just two players: JC corner Brandon Bagley, who verabally committed to WSU a month ago, and Tacoma defensive end Jacob Tuivaiave, who signed with the Cougs in February. Both are believed to have academic hurdles to clear up before fall practices begin August 3.

Other than those two, all other members of the class expected in uniform this season are listed.

Two members of the new class (B.J. Salmonson and Robert Lewis) are grayshirting this season and therefore not listed, and two others -- as previously reported by CF.C -- failed to qualify academically: JC offensive lineman Sam Jones and 2011 bounce-back recruit Alex Mitchell from Jefferson High in Portland.

The updated WSU roster, which can be found HERE includes jersey numbers for all the new players. But if you're looking for updated player heights and weights, you'll have to wait until the start of fall camp. Another thing missing is the names of the new crop of preferred walk ons, such as Spokane quarterback Conner Johnson. They won't be listed until the start of camp.

Back to jersey numbers for a moment. New Cougar QB Austin Apodaca will be wearing No. 2, which prompted a CF.C message board question about who the last WSU QB was to wear that number. Loyal posters-in-the-know believe the answer is Chris Hurd, who later changed to number 8, and before him, Chad DeGrenier from the early/mid '90s.

Quarterbacks aside, No. 2 has a storied history at WSU. Among the luminaries who've worn the number are Ray Jackson, Tim Stallworth, Phillip Bobo and 1930s and '40s stars Bob Kennedy and John Bley.

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