Q&A: WSU's Barry Ware making up for lost time

PULLMAN — Barry Ware hasn’t suited up in a game for the Cougars but there’s been a ton of interest surrounding the second-year freshman wide receiver. Big and physical, he has the tools to make an impact at Washington State and in the Pac-12, as he showed last year on the scout team. So how did he do this spring?

Last year, Ware missed all of fall camp and the first two weeks of the season before getting the academic green light from the NCAA. He was able to practice with the team and there were plenty of "wow" moments. But there were also drops and a general lack of consistency.

Still, given his explosiveness this past fall, some thought Ware would take a good-sized step forward this spring. It didn't turn out that way.

The California native spent most of spring ball lining up at the X but did not, from this chair, climb past No. 2
Daniel Lilienthal, let alone challenge starter Dom Williams. Ware said he thinks he has a good of shot of working his way into the rotational mix this fall if he learns the finer details of the position and the Air Raid. In other words, more seasoning.

Based on what I observed this spring, Ware, shown above battling Deion Singleton in Tuesday's practice, seems likeliest to contribute the most when the Cougars are in the red zone. He stands at 6-3, 205 pounds, and does a nice job of creating separation to get the ball.

Teammates describe him as one of the funniest players on the team, and a guy who loves to break out raps in the locker room.

Cougfan.com: How would you assess your first spring at WSU?
Ware: It was good, I learned a lot.

CF.C: You gave a verbal commitment to UCLA, but then decided to don the Crimson and Gray instead. Why?
Ware: I think it’s perfect out here for a football player. Especially playing receiver, we pass the football a lot.

CF.C: What are some of your goals for this upcoming season?
Ware: To get in the rotation, the starting lineup, and be rotating.

CF.C: Do you feel like you got a good shot of getting in the rotation this upcoming fall?
Ware: Yes I do. I just have to get my plays down together and then I’ll be fine.
CF.C: Your teammates say you’re one of the funniest players on the team. Who do you think’s the funniest player on the team?
Ware: [laughs] I think it’s Kyrin Priester.

CF.C: What does he do that makes him one of the funniest guys on the team?
Ware: He’s just always dancing, and listening to Odd Future.

CF.C: What’s your favorite meal in Pullman?
Ware: My favorite meal in Pullman is probably at Cougar Country, a bacon burger.

CF.C: If you could have any superpower what would it be and why?
Ware: [laughs] I’d like to fly. That way I could never be late to anything.

CF.C: Sam Flor told me you like to rap. If you could have a rap battle with anyone on the team, who would it be?
Ware: [laughs] Against Taylor Taliulu.

CF.C: Is Taliulu a good at rapping?
Ware: He’s decent, but I’m better. It’s core power movement.

CF.C: What are you listening to on your iPod before a big game?
Ware: Future Hendrix.

CF.C: If you could play any other position on the field, what would it be and why?
Ware: Safety, because I like to hit.

CF.C: If you were stranded on an island, assuming you had food and shelter, what three items would you bring?
Ware: I’d bring a battery charger, my phone and my girl.


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