How Cougs' returning starters measure up

THERE SHOULD BE a lot of fireworks this season when the Cougs have the ball. Washington State is tied for second in the Pac-12 in terms of returning starters on offense.

The Pac-12 has released their 2014 season prospectus and in it, they run down the number of returning starters.

The Pac-12 defines a returning starter as a player who started at least half of his team's games or a majority of game at a specific position.

Washington State is listed by the Pac-12 as having 16 starters returning -- eight on both offense and defense -- which would tie them for the most with USC. But that looks to be in error, as WSU has six starters returning on defense, not eight.

Also, the Cougs overall are tied for eighth in the Pac-12 in terms of returning starters, when taking into account they have to replace both their punter and kicker.


The Cougars do return eight starters that paced the offense to an average of 421.4 ypg and 31.0 ppg this past season. Senior QB Connor Halliday posted WSU single-season records for completions (449), attempts (714), passing yards (4,597) and tied the school record with 34 touchdown passes. He has his top eight receivers back in 2014.

Defensively, the Cougs also have many of the pieces back that forced 30 turnovers last season, tied for second-most in the Pac-12 and the most by a Cougar defense since 2006.


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