COUGAR CAMP IS UNDERWAY!!!

LEWISTON – Cougar football 2014 is underway. Mike Leach and his staff opened Washington State’s training camp at 2:30 today amid 100-degree temperatures at Sacajawea Middle School in Lewiston.

More than 100 gridders are embarking on what Leach believes will be the best of his three seasons at WSU.

Three quick observations in the early going:

Freshman defensive end Kingston Fernandez out of Hawaii looks much bigger than the 6-2, 254 pounds he's listed at on the roster.

Receivers coach Dave Yost is on crutches, but we don't know why at this point.

Quarterback Connor Halliday (pictured above getting to the field) looks very crisp in his early throws.

Among the key story lines to look for in camp are ...

  • The kicking specialists. Andrew Furney and Mike Bowlin are gone, and a host of mostly inexperienced legs are vying for the placekicking and punting chores.

  • The secondary. Taylor Taliulu is the lone returning starter, so defensive coordinator Mike Breske is tasked with finding three new starters from a mostly untested, though athletic, group of contenders.

  • The center position. While Joe Dahl and Gunnar Eklund are the only returning starters, it looks like Cole Madison and Jacob Seydal may have locked down two of the spots, leaving center the only position with a true question mark. Sam Flor and Riley Sorenson waged a neck-and-neck battle in the spring and it figures to continue over the next couple of weeks.

  • The backup QB. With Tyler Bruggman now at Louisville, Luke Falk appears to be in the driver’s seat unless true freshman Peyton Bender or second-year walk on Connor Ennis stakes an unexpected claim. Falk, also a walk on, looked good in spring ball but he’s never taken a snap in a college game and will need to develop quickly to give the Cougs any kind of comfort in case Halliday gets dinged.

    CF.C WILL HAVE WALL-TO-WALL CAMP COVERAGE THIS MONTH SO CHECK IN EARLY AND OFTEN.

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