The 10 best players on 2013 Cougars: No. 10

IT BEGAN AS a preview request, asking for a list of the 10 best Cougar football players for 2013. We solicited subscribers, readers and twitter followers, put it all into our crystal ball and then had our editors come up with the list. Today, we reveal No. 10 ...

10. Dominique Williams

This wide receiver took off in the late stages of 2012, replacing the departed Marquess Wilson as the starting "X" receiver.

Williams' signature game as a freshman was a monster, with a game-high 143 yards on eight receptions in WSU's 31-28 overtime win in the Apple Cup. At the end of the season, he appeared ready to emerge as the Cougars' No. 1 deep threat.

While Williams got most of his 2012 acclaim after Wilson left nine games into the season, he began to make noise two games earlier. He was installed as the starting "X" receiver over Wilson in Week 7.

Indeed, over his first seven games, he had but six receptions. In Williams' last five games, he caught 28 passes.

That's 5.6 receptions per game, comparable to Wilson's 5.77 in 2012. Williams finished the 2012 campaign with 34 catches for 546 yards (16.1 ypc).

Williams, who will be a third-year sophomore this season, not surprisingly entered the spring as the starting "X" receiver. He missed some of the middle practices this spring with an undisclosed injury but returned for the final sessions and it was apparent he has all the tools to be a highly productive receiver in the Pac-12.

One thing he needs to work on though, according to Mike Leach, is to work harder. Leach had plenty of praise for the wideout this spring, but he also said Williams can put forth more effort and find still another level.

In other words, consistent hard work in practice for Williams would make outings like those against Washington more of a norm, not an exception.

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