5 WSU special teams questions

WHAT STANDS OUT about Washington State’s special teams headed into fall camp: a decided lack of incumbents. And that naturally leads to these five compelling questions as the Cougs kick off fall ball on Saturday.

1. WHO IS THE KICKER?

Quentin Breshears (pictured at top of article) started 10 of 12 games last season but he'll have to fend off several others in fall camp including incoming freshman Matt Abramo, the only kicker on scholie. Other kickers listed on the roster are Mitchell Cox, Zach Charme, Erik Powell, Brett Schafer with another walk on, Blake Levin, expected to joins the Cougs later next week. Much of the summer discussion on the CF.C message boards has centered around Abramo, and on Charme (pictured above) as well. But also keep an eye on Schaefer, who may have the most natural talent in the group.

2. WHO IS THE PUNTER?

Powell (pictured above) made good progress this spring, though more remains. If he continues to develop this August, he's the odds-on favorite to claim the starting job after Jordan Dascalo departed in the offseason. Every kicker listed above is likely to show what he can do at punter but Charme might be the primary challenger to Powell.

3. WHO ARE THE RETURN MEN?

Marcellus Pippins headed in looks to have a leg up, but Keith Harrington and Gabe Marks are in the mix too. Meanwhile, if one of the true freshmen is on the bubble to play in his first year, and can contribute at either return man or gunner, that could push the decision in favor of playing early. WR Tavares Martin, S Kameron Powell and WR Kyle Sweet could be ones to watch here.

4. WHO ARE THE GUNNERS?

Three walk ons -- Colton Teglovic (pictured above), Willie Roach and Daniel Lilienthal, plus Keith Harrington will head into fall camp as the leading gunner candidates. Special teams coordinator Eric Mele, in his first full year in the job, will no doubt be looking to see if any from the new preferred walk on class can make an impact here as well.

5. WHO IS THE LONG SNAPPER?

Headed into fall camp on Saturday, it looks to be a two-way race between a pair of walk ons: JC transfer Lucas Gravelle and Kyle Celli (pictured above) of Seattle’s Blanchet High. Gone are two guys -- sophomore Joe Lang (transferred to UNLV) and third-year sophomore Jerred Sonneborn -- who were considered the odd-on-favorites in spring ball.


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