Will Coug QB Bruggman be fitted for redshirt?

AFTER AN extensive offseason of training, and some recent one-on-one film study with inside receivers coach Dave Yost, incoming Cougar QB Tyler Bruggman believes he should be able to come in and compete for reps right away this fall.

Bruggman said Yost traveled down to Phoenix recently to watch a lot of practice film with the highly touted signal caller, helping to get him acclimated with the offense he's expected to master.

"Coach Leach doesn't have a playbook," Bruggman said. "So learning the practice routine and route tree is big. I've been able to pick up the offense pretty well."

It's been seven months since Bruggman's s official visit to the Palouse -- and he's itching to return.

"Coaches have told me over and over to come in and play hard and the best player is always going to play," Bruggman said. "I've been watching tons of film and the hope is I'll be able to come in right away and get reps."

BRUGGMAN WILL HAVE his hands full if he expects to lay claim to the starting quarterback position this fall as a true freshman. First, it's generally held that a quarterback with five years in a program adds more over his career than one who doesn't redshirt. And then the Cougar QBs ahead of him have experience he can't yet match.

Incumbent fourth-year junior Connor Halliday is expected to get first crack at the starting nod, while second-year freshman Austin Apodaca has impressed and will certainly challenge Halliday in fall camp.

While neither quarterback has established himself as the clear cut starter with the coaching staff just yet, they do have the experience necessary in the Air Raid offense.

One thing working in Bruggman's favor is the depth chart has grown thinner. Walk on signal-caller Jesse Brown left the program a week ago as the Cougs move closer to the 105-man limit entering fall camp.

That said, the Cougs have three walk on quarterbacks ready to join the fold this summer in Connor Ennis (6-1, 170), Domenic Rockey (6-2, 185) and Luke Falk (6-4, 210), plus multi-faceted athlete Isaac Dotson will also arrive around the same time as Bruggman.

While Bruggman is learning the offense through film study, any successful quarterback must be able to develop a rapport and chemistry with his receivers if he hopes to truly prosper.

Bruggman's doing what he can on that end even if he can't yet get out on the field and run skelly with the WSU receiving corps.

"I've been talking to Brett Bartolone a lot," Bruggman said. "We talk about the NBA playoffs and stuff. He's a good guy."

Bruggman said he also plans on living with wideout River Cracraft his freshman year, and can't wait to get acclimated with the whole team.

"When I get to Pullman, I'm under the assumption skelly drills will be in the immediate plans with the guys," Bruggman said. "I'm just going to talk to my teammates and try to get in there and get reps as soon as possible."

It won't be long, now.

BRUGGMAN SAID he and the rest of the incoming recruiting class will arrive by June 18. Bruggman himself will leave Phoenix for the rolling hills of the Palouse on June 16 to get a little head start.

The incoming freshmen will attend the Alive! Summer Orientation session soon after arriving. Following the three day orientation event, freshmen will begin their summer advantage course load, and become eligible to begin working with the football team right away.

For Bruggman, none of it can come soon enough.

"I honestly cannot wait to get to work," Bruggman said. "I'm really looking forward to meeting everyone and getting going."

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