Leach comes close to naming Falk starter

MIKE LEACH on KJR radio Wednesday afternoon came close to naming Luke Falk Washington State’s starting quarterback for Week 1. Meanwhile, Athletics Director Bill Moos was asked his expectations for the Cougs this season.

Moos called the 2015 WSU season, "a great year to get seven or eight (wins)." Moos cited the combination of four things: the way the favorable schedule lays out, the new assistant coaches joining the coaching staff already in place has made for a very strong coaching staff, the returning player talent and the improved team chemistry on the 2015 Cougs.

Leach came the closest he has to naming Falk the starting QB. He lavished praise on Peyton Bender, saying the QB battle has been “ridiculously competitive.” But he also said Falk is getting the most reps with the 1s, and …

“Luke Falk for Week 1 probably puts our best foot forward,” said Leach.

Other notable notes from Leach and Moos on KJR -- in Pullman broadcasting today:

  • Both waxed eloquent about Elson Floyd. A memorial for the late Washington State president is being held at Beasley this afternoon and why KJR's Ian Furness and Jason Puckett were at WSU today.

  • Moos said the 2015 Cougs are “by far” the best team, the most talented team since Leach has been in Pullman.

  • Leach agreed with Moos, saying Year 4 features his most talented team since he arrived at WSU before the 2012 season.

  • Leach talked enthusiastically about the Cougar d-line, linebackers and defensive backfield. In the secondary, he said new DC/DBs coach Alex Grinch has some good bodies in the secondary "but there will be some new players." Whether that means corner Darrien Molton, safety Shalom Luani and/or others was left unsaid but both Molton and Luani have impressed this camp.

  • Leach praised the work of several players on defense: CB Charleston White, Nickel/S/CB Darius Lemora, DL Destiny Vaeao, LB Jeremiah Allison and Kache Palacio. “And I’m leaving people out,” said Leach.

  • Leach said he likes the work of his offensive line this camp (with five starters and 17 of 18 letter winners back) as well as the receiving corps. He said running back Keith Harrington has been pushing Gerard Wicks and Jamal Morrow – Leach said he didn’t know that Harrington would start ahead of those two, but he sounded pleased Harrington is pushing them.

    Moos said he expects the Cougs to play the season opener in Pullman. If the smoke from the wildfires does not abate enough in the coming 10 days, Joe Albi is a possible contingency plan along with the Kibbie Dome. Or, another option, would be to reschedule the game for the week after the Apple Cup. (Oregon State made a similar decision in 2012, rescheduling their season opener with Nicholls State for the week after the Civil War due to a hurricane affecting Nicholls State travel plans).

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