WSU Spring: Punting just got more interesting

AS IF SPRING football at Washington State didn't have enough storylines heading into Thursday's first practice, the battle at punter just became a lot more visible. With incumbent and sophomore-to-be Jordan Dascalo departing, the position figures to be a busy one over the 15 days of spring.

Dascalo (pictured above) last year averaged 41.6 yards on 49 kicks and put 13 boots inside the 20-yard line. But he is no longer with the program, Mike Leach said Wednesday without elaborating.

Update: Dascalo surfaced in August at Eastern Washington in the Eagles' fall camp. He punted three times in EWU's first camp scrimmage, KREM-TV reported.

Wes Concepcion, another walk on and who would have been a fifth-year player, is also no longer listed on the just-released spring roster.

Washington State special teams coach Eric Mele told earlier this month that Erik Powell and Frankie Luvu, the linebacker, would also get a look at the punter position this spring.

Mele said many Polynesian players such as Luvu (pictured above) often possess good punting skills from their days of playing rugby.

If Luvu were to win the job, it's a pretty good bet there wouldn't be many punters who physically matched up with him. Luvu checks in on the spring roster at 6-2, 235-pounds, a gain of 16 pounds from last year.

There are no players listed as punters by WSU on the spring roster but those designated as kickers include redshirt freshman Reece Alvardo (5-10, 171) out of Honolulu and Mitchell Cox, a 6-0, 202-pound junior out of Eastern New Mexico.

Cox this past season at ENM logged 48 punts, averaging 35.9 yards with a long of 64. He had four punts of 50-plus yards. He was also the placekicker, connecting on 7 of 12 with a long of 47. Cox is an in-state product, having prepped at Kentwood High in Kent.

Quentin Breshears could also get a look at punter this spring, though he was primarily expected to compete for the placekicking chores. That competition will also grow in August with the addition of scholarship freshman Matt Abramo and one or more likely walk ons.

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