Today I weighed under 250 for the first time in 4 years. ????— Palmer Sandel (@STAFFORDps54) July 15, 2014
The walk ons who have the best chance to make an impact this season at Washington State, however, are logically going to be the kickers and punters. And WSU has a few of them.
K Quentin Breshears is a junior out of Turlock, Calif., via Fresno City College and Fresno State. He checks in at 6-0, 183-pounds. He was starting placekicker for Fresno State in 2012, going 11-for-14 on his field goal attempts, with a long of 43, and 56-of-62 on his PAT tries.
P John Weibacher from Westlake Village, Calif. (Crespi High) is 6-0, 184-pounds. He had preferred walk-on invitations from WSU, UW, Syracuse, Boise State, Cal, Fresno State and others. As a senior this past season, Weibacher averaged nearly 38 yards per punt, with a long of 52. He was named to the All-San Fernando First-Team.
Not listed on the roster yet is P Jordan Dascalo, though that seems to be just a matter of time -- WSU special teams coach Eric Russell talked to CF.C about him earlier this month. "Jordan Dascalo, pretty excited about him. Strong leg, powerful kicks, pretty good athlete," said Russell. Dascalo his senior year (2012) in high school averaged 46 yards per punt.
Elsewhere, the Cougs are bringing in Skyler Cracraft, a 5-11, 189-pound defensive back and older brother of Cougar WR River Cracraft. Skyler is also out of Trabuco Canyon, Calif. but prepped at Tesoro High unlike his brother (Santa Margarita High). His senior year in 2011, he posted 67 tackles with five interceptions.
LB Kyle Newsom (pictured), a junior from Feather River CC in Quincy Calif., is originally from Lynnwood and checks in at 6-2, 230-pounds. He posted 94 tackles (50 solo) with 16 for-loss and eight sacks this past season. He was offered by New Mexico after his freshman season but stayed at Feather River in 2013.
Long-snapper Joe Lang will try to make his mark at WSU with Alex Den Bleyker a senior this season. Out of Pullman High, he's 6-3, 216-pounds and there's this 2013 clip of him on youtube: CLICK HERE.
Calvin McLain, a 5-10, 209-pound linebacker out of University Place, Wash., was a three-year starter at Curtis High where he played middle linebacker. "The Vikings were best in the 4A SPSL at stopping the run, and McLain is why," said The News Tribune last November. Named all-SPSL South, McClain led the league in tackles for loss (16) and finished with 78 tackles overall. He also played some fullback, too.
Connor Simpson out Los Angeles' Windward High was a high school quarterback, but the 5-8, 174-pounder will line up at wide receiver for Washington State. Simpson had 1,800 yards passing along with 19 touchdowns and was headed to Case Western University in Cleveland, a DIII school, before deciding to walk on at Washington State.
Dewan Lee Thompson (5-7, 160) also played baseball and basketball and ran track at Venice High in Los Angeles, Calif. In one game, he caught, threw and ran for a touchdown on his 17th birthday.