WSU spring: 5 newcomers to watch

THE FIRST SPRING SESSION figures to be an eye opener for those who enrolled at Washington State in January. But that works both ways, and these five could open some eyes of their own beginning Thursday when spring drills kick off on the Palouse.

Calvin Green (5-10, 165): He's likely to get his first look in the slot and Green has some real quicks. Keep in mind the past two years an inside receiver has excelled as a true freshman (River Cracraft, Brett Bartolone) under Mike Leach. Will Green's skills in open space make him the third in as many years?

Sebastian LaRue (5-11, 180): Likely an outside receiver, LaRue will be going through spring drills and he's appealing to have the NCAA waive the requirement he sit out a year after transferring from Texas A&M. LaRue was highly sought coming out of high school with a serious burst after the catch. He's capable of doing big things in the Pac-12.

Nick Begg: (6-5, 255): Leach's Air Raid doesn't have a tight end and yet that's the position Begg is listed at this spring. What it means is that Begg is going to be given some opportunities to see what he can do in a TE/H-back role. If he excels, you might see that package in 2014. After a year in the weight room and at the training table, Begg might be an offensive lineman for WSU.

Marcellus Pippins: (5-11, 175) Leach has said Pippins is quicker than he thought he was and has great feet -- but the best thing is that Pippins has been impressive going against upperclassmen in voluntary drills this offseason. And WSU needs him to be, with a shortage of experience at corner.

Dylan Hanser (6-5, 215): Talk about intriguing. He hasn't filled out his frame yet but he can motor faster than expected and speed on defense is always a welcome trait. Is he a traditional linebacker, a BUCK, a situational pass rushing d-end? It's going to be intriguing just to see where he lines up this spring.

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