Countdown to WSU spring ball: Cornerbacks

PERHAPS AT NO other position this spring do so many questions exist than at cornerback for Washington State. Chief among them a week before spring ball is how Daquawn Brown fits into the mix.

Washington State under Mike Leach does not comment on subjects they consider to be team matters, so the status of Brown following his arrest for alleged felony and misdemeanor assault remains both unanswered and unaddressed.

Cougfan.com, however, has been told by two sources who requested anonymity that when WSU releases their spring roster (assumedly before Thursday) to expect Brown's name to be on it.

And if Brown is out there on the field for the first day of spring drills on March 27, that would seemingly indicate Brown disputes the version authored by the WSU police. At the least, it would indicate there's more to the story.

Regardless, with or without Brown, the Cougar cornerback ranks are decidedly thin.

Besides Brown, the only Cougar corner with game experience is fifth-year Tracy Clark, who has been unable to climb up the depth chart during his time at WSU.

WHAT TO LOOK FOR: Charleston White figures to get lots of turns at the boundary corner spot, while Marcellus Pippins should be piling up the reps at the field corner.

White is a redshirt freshman, Pippins is a true freshman who delayed enrollment and just arrived in January. And that puts the question of Brown's availability front and center. Brown as a true freshman last season posted 50 tackles and two interceptions while playing in every game and starting four.

Pippins in particular has garnered a good amount of buzz this offseason -- Mike Leach earlier this month in Seattle was effusive in his praise on the 5-11, 175-pounder, CF.C Chris Chancellor reported. Leach in particular noted his quickness and speed.

White meanwhile at times made things look easy this past season on the scout team. And defensive coordinator Mike Breske told CF.C he was among the Midnight Maneuvers standouts.

It's possible WSU could look to move a safety or wide receiver over to the corner spot this spring but were that to happen, the view from this chair is that would be more of a temporary solution, one that could be made just to have enough bodies there.

More likely in our view would be a spring that ends without established starters, leading in turn to a frenzied fall camp competition that includes the incoming recruiting class in August.

That said, it would go a long ways towards calming Cougar fans concerns' if White, Pippins and/or Brown were to produce some good stuff over the course of the 15 practice sessions out on the islands.

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