5 Cougs with the most at stake this spring

WITH SPRING BALL a little over a month away at Washington State, these five Cougars figure to be firmly in the limelight from the very first whistle.

RG Cody O'Connell

The 6-8, 346-pounder will be a fourth-year junior this season and the Cougs will benefit greatly if he can assert himself as the starting left guard, and stay healthy, in the same way Eduardo Middleton did at right guard last season as a fourth-year junior.

RB James Williams

All four running backs figure to get extensive looks this spring with much of the focus on the 5-11, 185-pound second-year freshman. Running backs coach Jim Mastro has said it will be a three-man rotation once the season starts so spring drills could do a lot towards defining the pecking order.

DL Daniel Ekuale


The 6-3, 288-pounder and fourth-year junior is the leading candidate to step in at tackle for the graduating Destiny Vaeao. He could also be the key to whether Washington State’s defensive line takes the next step in 2016.

RUSH Logan Tago

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The second-year sophomore figures to face competition from Dylan Hanser and Nnamdi Oguayo for the starting job. While the Cougs are replacing a pair of graduating seniors at the Rush but the 6-3, 228-pound Tago showed enough flashes last year to give CougFans optimism headed in ’16.

LT Andre Dillard


No one should be expecting the 6-5, 270-pound Dillard to be Joe Dahl this season. But the third-year sophomore was outstanding in the win over UCLA, before playing like a rookie at times the rest of the way. Just like at left guard, the Cougs will benefit greatly if Dillard can play to his potential and stay healthy. The spring is the first step in that process.

Spring ball at Washington State begins March 24 . The Crimson and Gray Game will be in Spokane at Joe Albi Stadium on April 23 (time TBA). The final WSU spring ball practice will be April 26 in Pullman. CF.C will, as always, be providing wall-to-wall coverage of spring drills out on the Palouse.

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