New WSU roster shows some casualties

TWO MEMBERS of WSU's incoming recruiting class are missing from the updated roster the school released today: CB Sean Harper and OL Joseph Price. In addition, two veterans expected to contend for the starting long snapper job are no longer on the roster, nor is 333-pound OL Sean Krepsz, a touted member of the 2014 recruiting class.

Harper and Price appear to be the only casualties in the incoming class. As CF.C reported earlier, Price was a long shot to qualify. Harper was thought to be on the bubble but expected to qualify.

Meanwhile, WSU's long snapping job -- wide open following the graduation loss of Alex Den Bleyker -- looks to have narrowed considerably. The two favorites going into spring ball -- sophomore Joe Lang (pictured above) and third-year sophomore Jerred Sonneborn -- are no longer on the roster. Nor is spring walk on Chris Dalrymple. Lang, who saw game action at snapper last season, transferred to UNLV in June.

All this could suggest that JC transfer walk on Lucas Gravelle (6-0, 220) out of Niagara Falls, N.Y., and/or walk on Kyle Celli of Seattle/Blanchet made enough of a mark in the spring to get a leg up on the job.

In addition to Krepsz, who would have been a second-year freshman this season, another familar face not on the roster is -- as reported earlier -- defensive back Jeff Farrar.

A QUICK SCAN OF THE ROSTER also indicates some changes on the scales. Left tackle Joe Dahl is up to 310 pounds after being listed last season at 303.

DE Hercules Mata'afa now weighs 242-pounds. He was 225 pounds last year.

LB Chandler Leniu has tacked on 11 pounds since last season and now weighs in at 261 pounds.

RB Gerard Wicks checks in at 224 pounds, up from 211.

OL Eduardo Middleton has dropped eight pounds and now weighs 310, and Cody O’Connell is down 10 to 356.

Nick Begg has also dropped some weight/ He's at 237, down from 253 last season. Begg continues to be listed as a tight end on the WSU roster.

NOTABLE NOTES:

  • There will be no shortage of legs competing for the placekicking job. Quentin Breshears, Erik Powell and Mitchell Cox are back from the spring and they'll be joined by three freshmen -- scholarship kicker Matt Abramo and walk ons Brett Schafer (Edmonds/Meadowdale) and Zach Charme (Boise/Timberline). Powell and Charme are also listed as punters; they are the only punters on the roster as WSU needs to replace 2014 starter Jordan Dascalo, who didn't return in the spring.

  • Six walk ons from spring ball are no longer on the roster: Besides Dalrymple, they are Troy Dezellum, Tristan Brock, Riley Doerge, Phillip Schulte and Conor Simpson.

  • Among the newly listed walk ons are Bellingham OL Drew Norvell, son of former Cougar lineman Bob Norvell, and RB Madigan Taulelei of Boise.

  • Here’s the new roster, hot off the presses. For the PDF, CLICK HERE


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