Cougs' Gabe Marks 'wants the ball every snap'

LYNNWOOD — Washington State loses 184 receptions with the graduation losses of leading pass catchers Vince Mayle and Isiah Myers, but second-year Washington State offensive analyst Gordy Anderson believes the Cougars’ 2015 receiving corps could be good on a national scale.

Anderson, a one-time Cougar walk on quarterback whose role as a WSU analyst has him working closely with receivers coaches Graham Harrell and Dave Yost, offered a break down of the Washington State wideouts Friday at Lynnwood High while coaching at the annual Northwest Elite Camp.

CF.C: The Cougs lost a lot of talent in terms of outside receiving from last year’s squad. Who is going to step up to fill the void that was created?

Anderson: “Vince Mayle and Isiah Myers were great players and it’s going to be tough to replace their production. But we have some guys that have already stepped up in spring practices and I think we’ll be fine there. Gabe Marks (pictured above) is ready to go, and Daniel Lilienthal really played well during spring ball. Dom Williams is a great player and he’s going to do what he’s going to do. I’m looking forward to seeing Calvin Green show up and be a guy we can count on. The outside guys have been great all spring and I expect them to be just as productive as the guys from last year. “

CF.C: What do you expect from Marks this season, and what kind of boost does re-adding a receiver like him give to your offense?

Anderson: “We expect him to go to work every day and do what he does, and what Gabe does is he wants the ball every snap. He’s one of the best competitors on the team. That really showed itself this spring. He showed flashes that really impressed me. He looks healthy (after redshirting last season) and looks great coming out of his routes.  I’m excited for what he’s going to do for us this fall.“

CF.C: Who are some of the inside receivers that have made strides this spring?

Anderson: “We are good with River Cracraft. He’s had a productive spring. Robert Lewis and Tyler Baker are a couple other guys we are really high on as we get closer to fall camp. D.J. Thompson had a great spring as well. We have a lot of able-bodied guys, especially that inside receivers group. It’s going to be a great battle in camp for who gets playing time, and I’m excited to see who comes out on top.”

CF.C: With such a large stable of capable receivers how does that positively impact the offense?

Anderson: “Competition. It elevates everyone’s level of play. Guys understand that they are going to have to go out and compete their tails off if they want to earn game reps. It makes the team better because there’s that constant need to improve every day. It’s shaping up to be a great battle come camp time.”

CF.C: Can this group of receivers be one of the top units in the Pac-12?

Anderson: “I absolutely think we can. As a whole I feel great about our receiving corps, and I believe they can compete with anyone, not only in our conference but with units from around the country.”

CF.C: What have you been able to take away from your first Northwest Elite Camp?

Anderson: “To be honest  it’s a little overwhelming because there are so many athletes (700-plus). It’s great to put the Northwest on the map though. There’s so much talent in this region. I’m a Northwest guy, and I’m from here so I like to see Northwest kids showing out. For the kids I think it’s a great opportunity to show what they can do when people are watching. It’s not only us out here, but there are a ton of other college programs looking at these guys. My hope is that even if a guy can’t fit in with us he can find a place to play elsewhere, and this camp really helps guys get noticed.”

CF.C: There are a number of Cougar offerees in attendance here at Northwest Elite. Had you gotten a chance to see any of them in person before this?

Anderson: “This is coach (Eric) Mele’s area of recruiting so he gets to see these guys a lot. Most of the coaching staff has been able to see these guys in person before but for me it’s the first time I’m seeing these guys. I’ve been really impressed with what I’ve seen thus far. It’s nice to see how these guys move on the field and to get a better understanding of how they take coaching. That is really what’s most important to me.”

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