WSU Notebook: Peering around the corner

THE SPRING SESSION at Washington State beginning March 27 may this week have become even more important for corners Marcellus Pippins and Charleston White, if that's possible.

It's important to keep in mind because the details aren't known, the outcome is far from settled. What is known is Daquawn Brown was arrested Friday, booked into Whitman County Jail on charges of felony second-degree assault and misdemeanor assault, and released on Monday. One of those allegedly assaulted was a woman. Mike Leach has a one strike and you're out policy when it comes to violence against women.

So it at least begs the question, to consider the possibility that Brown could be dismissed from the program. Before this, headed into the spring, CF.C projected the two-deeps like this:

Charleston White / Tracy Clark

Daquawn Brown / Marcellus Pippins

If Brown is unavailable this spring or beyond, Pippins will need to grow up not only fast, but instantly. And it was already assured Pippins was going to see a lot of time at the field corner spot before the incident involving Brown.

At the boundary corner, Charleston White will be similarly tasked with playing at a high level rapidly. Clark will be a fifth-year senior. The problem is he's never been able to make a serious run at playing time.

Could WSU move over a safety to corner this spring? Possible, but it would seem unlikely. The problem with it is guys like Isaac Dotson, David Bucannon, Markell Sanders and Darius Lemora all look to be the right fit at safety, not corner. If WSU does give one of them a look, it might be Sanders.

There are players who can be either/or when it comes safety and corner. And that might be the case later this summer when the new crop comes in. Corners are harder to find than are safeties, so when there are either/or guys, they will get looks out on the island first.

In the meantime, spring ball is just over two weeks away and one of the more interesting things on Day 1 is to see if Brown is out there on the field with his teammates.

Washington State IS getting some love from Sporting News' Matt Hayes.

"All those big programs, and everyone is forgetting about the one little program that just might overshadow — or at least scare the pants off — them all: Washington State," writes Hayes.

Hayes sees WSU taking the next step in Year 3 under Mike Leach in large part because of a returning senior QB and the top three receivers from last year's team.

Also, SI's Lindsay Schnell, (former OSU beat writer at the Oregonian) sees continued improvement from the Cougs in 2014.

"So what happens if Leach and Washington State continue their upswing? That seems like a reasonable expectation, considering quarterback Connor Halliday will return," writes Schnell.

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