First WSU depth chart of 2013 season

THE FIRST OFFICIAL depth chart of the 2103 season came with some surprises on Tuesday. When Washington State lines up against Auburn on Saturday for the opening snap, a true freshman will man a wide receiver spot, a second-year sophomore has staked a claim at safety, another veteran wideout has quietly moved up the ranks while the battle rages on at the SAM linebacker position.

WSU true freshman River Cracraft is the starting "Y" receiver. His backup on the newly minted depth chart is Bobby Ratliff.

Cracraft, as CF.C has reported throughout the month of August, has had a great camp so it's not a surprise he's in the playing rotation, but few were tabbing him for PT much less a starting spot before camp began. One exception to that was CF.C's Braulio Perez -- Cracraft was his pick back in June for the WSU freshman who would surprise, earn playing time and potentially even a '13 starting post.

At the "X" spot, Isiah Myers has quietly had a solid camp and is the starter there. Many CougFans had already penciled in Dominique Williams at the top for the 'X" but he's a co-second string on the chart.

Indeed, it is the only position on offense where the chart goes three-deep, with Vince Mayle as the co-No. 2 with Williams. It should be noted that Leach is expected to heavily rotate across the board at receiver, and more than WSU fans saw last year, with wideout stacked very deep this season.

Brett Bartolone and Gabe Marks are the starting "H" and "Z" receivers. Backing them up are Rickey Galvin and Kristoff Williams, respectively.

Connor Halliday, to no surprise, is the starting QB with Austin Apodaca listed No. 2. The intrigue at quarterback goes unanswered - who is the No. 3? Is it true freshman Tyler Bruggman or one of several freshman walk ons?

The offensive line starters are: LT Gunnar Eklund; LG Joe Dahl; C Elliott Bosch; RG John Fullington and RT Rico Forbes.

Their backups are listed as: LT Pierson Villarubia; LG Matt Goetz; C Zach Brevick; RG Riley Sorenson and RT Eduardo Middleton.

Villarubia is a redshirt freshman, Sorenson is a true freshman and Middleton, like Villarubia, is a second-year freshman.

Teondray Caldwell is the No. 1 RB with Marcus Mason at No. 2.

ON DEFENSE, the chart has one "OR" in the two-deeps, where Cyrus Coen is listed first followed by Eric Oertel at the SAM.

Justin Sagote had a strong camp and is listed atop at the WIL, followed by Tana Pritchard. He too has had a good camp.

Darryl Monroe is the No. 1 MIK.

At BUCK, Destiny Vaeao is the starter with Kache Palacio backing him up.

The veterans have reigned supreme over the youth headed into Auburn at corner. Damante Horton and Nolan Washington, both seniors, are the starting cornerbacks. Behind them are rising true freshmen Daquawn Brown and Charleston White, the latter being listed as an "OR" with Tracy Clark behind Washington.

At safety, the Cougs are experienced, with three seniors in the two-deeps. Deone Bucannon is the starting strong safety with Anthony Carpenter listed as his backup. Second-year sophomore Taylor Taliulu had a strong camp to gain the starting nod, with Casey Locker the No. 2 free safety.

On the d-line, WSU lists Toni Pole at one end, Xavier Cooper at the other and Ioane Gauta at the nose. Their backups are Darryl Paulo, Matthew Bock and second-year freshman Robert Barber, respectively.

ON SPECIAL TEAMS, the punt returner two-deeps: Leon Brooks, Bartolone. The kickoff return man is Caldweel, followed by Mason.

The holder is Apodaca, with Mike Bowlin backing up. Alex Den Bleyker is the Cougs' long snapper with Brevick listed as the No. 2.

Andrew Furney is the Cougs' kicker, with Bowlin handling both punting and kickoff duties.

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