Three Cougs who surprised this spring

PULLMAN – In 15 days of spring football at Washington State, multiple Cougs made impact plays, some had brief moments and others made noise on a consistent basis. But these three Cougars were the biggest surprises this spring ...

S Beau Glover
The 5-foot-9, 170-pound safety doesn't exactly have the prototypical size of a Pac-12 safety, but for what he lacked in size he provided in effort and playmaking ability. When Isaac Dotson went out with what is assumed to be a mild injury, Glover immediately made an impact when inserted into that starting role, including an impressive interception in the Crimson and Gray Game. But whether it was a pick, pass breakup or a sure tackle, Glover always seemed to be in the right place at the right time.

The redshirt sophomore received recognition from his peers after nearly every practice once he began running with the 1s. He displayed his ability to do a little bit of everything, whether delivering hits or dropping back and being effective in the passing game. Whenever you asked his teammates and coaches about him this spring, you kept hearing the same thing: "I love Beau" or "Beau is the man". On the final day spring practice, the team acknowledged the most outstanding player at the safety spot and who emerged from the huddle? Beau Glover.

RB Theron West
In terms of climbing the depth chart, West made the biggest jump from the end of 2013 to now. The redshirt senior running back took his stellar bowl game performance and used it to propel himself into an impact role in the offense this spring. He spent most of the 15 days running with the first team and Mike Leach repeatedly cited West as the leading man in that position battle. Each running back spent the first half of spring rotating with the 1s, 2s and 3s but towards the back half of camp West began running solely with the 1s, including playing with Crimson team in spring game.

Just going off of the eye test, West is the most elusive of the five ball carriers, and probably the fastest, with Jamal Morrow right on his heels. On the final day of practice he used his shiftiness to break off a 15-yard run where he spun off a defender in the backfield and laid a juke on another before continuing to make his way upfield. West also logged the most explosive of the running back plays in spring -- a burst down the sideline roughly about 25 yards for a touchdown on Day 8.

WR Robert Lewis
With the likes of Dom Williams, Isiah Myers, Gabe Marks and Brett Bartolone all sidelined for the majority of spring ball, there were plenty of opportunities for the young receivers to make a name for themselves. One who seized the opportunity: Robert Lewis. The speed is what jumps at you first. At 5-foot-9 160-pounds he's sure not the biggest guy on the team (in fact, he's actually the lightest) but an argument can be made he's the fastest Coug on the roster.

The few times he got the ball in the open field, he was nearly impossible to catch. Lewis backed up Rickey Galvin at the H receiver position most of spring but still never seemed to have a quiet day in practice, and was relatively sure-handed throughout camp. He was the star of the team's first official scrimmage, delivering two big plays for touchdowns and with his quickness in the open field, Lewis would seem certain to be threat returning punts as well.

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