What does JUCO's arrival mean for WSU CB's?

CORNER TRESHON BROUGHTON was at Washington State’s practice on Tuesday but we haven’t seen him competing on the practice field yet. Still, that he’s out on the Palouse is a good sign. So what does his Pullman arrival mean for the Washington State secondary?

Three weeks ago, JUCO transfer cornerback Broughton was seen as a potential starting candidate at the corner spot. But the lengthy delay in obtaining NCAA clearance coupled with the play of two young corners since fall camp began on Aug. 8 has authored a new narrative.

Charleston White has been the Cougs’ best corner – the third-year sophomore missed some camp time earlier with an apparent injury but he was again making his claim to that title in Wednesday night’s practice, picking off a pair of passes against the scout team offense.

Barring something unexpected, White is a lock to start in Week 1 from our chair.

Marcellus Pippins has received the most reps at the other corner spot over the course of fall camp but he hasn’t been running with the 1s of late. That’s due to the emergence of true freshman Darrien Molton.

Molton has been a pleasant surprise from Day 1 and may well be the favorite to start alongside White Sept. 5 against Portland State.

We say “may” because Mike Leach hasn’t publicly named his starters, and he probably won’t. Leach would rather keep the opponent guessing and if that means the alumni and fans have to guess too, he’s more than okay with that.

The depth chart that comes out next week in the WSU game release could offer clues but at the same time, it’s also not a set in stone decree of who lines up where on the first snap. Leach made it a point pre-camp of saying he doesn’t look much at the depth chart and that the chart can change from day to day.

But if you asked us who the CB starters are if the Cougs played today, we’d say White and Molton.

In addition to Pippins, who should not be counted out, Kirkland Parker is also a guy to keep tabs on. Parker has gotten some run with the first string during skeleton and team sessions and has done a decent job.

Those are the top four corners from our chair, and all could see action in the opener – we don’t know yet if new DC/DBs coach Alex Grinch likes to rotate on the corner, or stick with two guys. Meanwhile, we slot Pat Porter and David Bucannon in the next tier behind that group of four.

The wildcard remains Broughton.

Our man on the ground did not see him practicing Wednesday night from his vantage point and also didn’t see No. 16 on his first scan of today’s practice session, which began a short time ago. CF.C subscribers will recall that a junior college source told CF.C on Aug. 23 that Broughton was headed to WSU, saying he was expected to be cleared by the end of this week.

Until Broughton gets out there on the turf and shows what he can do, it’s anybody’s guess where he will fit into the mix. But today marks the 17th practice that Molton will have under his belt while Broughton has been gaining clearance.. And with the opener now just nine days away, it might be more realistic to expect Broughton to be able to put his best foot forward in terms of Week 2 rather than Week 1.


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