The 10 Best players on 2014 Cougars: No. 10

PUTTING TOGETHER the top 10 list on the 2014 Cougars proved far more difficult than last year’s version. Indeed, after much debate and discussion, it led to a first where No. 10 was concerned.

A tie.

OL Joe Dahl has made a serious climb up the ladder during his two years at Washington State.

He walked away from a scholarship at Montana in order to walk on at Washington State. After a transfer-mandated season on the WSU sidelines, he started all 13 games his first year playing at WSU. Now, headed into his redshirt-junior campaign, (and now on scholarship) he’s assigned one of the most important positions on the field -- as the starting left tackle, protecting quarterback Connor Halliday’s blind side.

The key to Dahl’s ascension has been his consistency, with Mike Leach saying his bad plays aren’t all that bad.

Dahl had a great spring, o-line coach Clay McGuire told And that’s resulted in Dahl staying put at the position he manned in the bowl game.

“He's tremendously improved in everything he's done since he's got here. We've moved him out to left tackle and I think he's going to be a heckuva player out there,” said McGuire.

WR Dom Williams made the most of his catches in 2013, leading the team at 16.2 ypc. His 40 grabs ranked but sixth on the team, but his seven TD catches tied for the top spot (Vince Mayle, Gabe Marks).

Williams took off in the late stages of 2012 -- over his first seven games, he had a mere six receptions. In Williams' last five games of the 2012 campaign, he caught 28 passes.

Williams has a tremendous amount of talent, but he hasn’t yet capitalized on all of it.

Outside receivers coach Dennis Simmons told after the spring session that standing between Williams and elite status are two things: desire and work.

“If Dom wants to get there, his actions have to echo his words,” said Simmons.

Williams will be a fourth-year junior this season. Whether he produces a similar season to 2013 or takes it up a notch will be a highly intriguing storyline this season.

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