ICYMI: 3 biggest fall camp surprises so far

WITH A VERBAL commitment plus all our practice coverage from Washington State's Saturday session, you may have missed this: Which three Washington State players have been the biggest fall camp surprises so far? Cougfan.com's Matthew Zimmer, who has been in Lewiston since the Cougs arrived, provides his picks and commentary, along with some new photos you haven't seen.

WR JOHN THOMPSON

He has great hands, he’s been getting open in space and finding a way to make an impact. He’s obviously at a position where the Cougars are loaded, but he’s done a good job at finding a way to set himself apart… he caught two TD passes in goal line work on Friday.

NICKEL BACK PARKER HENRY

Parker Henry has just seemed to be everywhere. He’s fast… faster than he looks at 5-11, 207 pounds. He’s at nickel back but he has that linebacker fight in him. It’s been nice to see him getting reps and doing good things with them.

S SHALOM LUANI

I know some might not think it a surprise but for his first fall camp at WSU, I have to include Shalom Luani. He has been hitting hard -- you know when he’s the one making the tackle – but it’s more than that. He has shown a real nose for the ball -- not always the case with a big hitter. He’s done a good job of reading the play in Alex Grinch’s schemes and when he takes off at full speed, he’s taking the right angle. Grinch wants his guys flying to the football and Luani has done a nice job there.

Zimmer’s honorable mentions:
On one hand, Gerard Wicks standing out at running back is not a surprise. But he’s just been so dominant. He’s been the clear leader when it comes to running back play through seven practices. Also, wide receivers C.J. Dimry and Kyrin Priester have been immediate impact players. Dimry has missed time the last two days, assumedly dinged up a little, but he’s made some impressive plays earlier. It will be very interesting to see if Priester’s waiver is granted by the NCAA. If so, he’s going to be one to watch in 2015.


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