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Spring ball hours away, unique CF.C coverage about to begin with Tyler Baker

WE’RE ONLY HOURS AWAY from the first of 15 spring football practices at Washington State. Anchoring CF.C’s spring coverage is a first-time correspondent but someone who knows exactly what it’s like to be on the receiving end of a pass from Luke Falk – former WSU wide receiver Tyler Baker.

Baker completed his playing eligibility with the Sun Bowl this past December and is finishing up his degree this spring. He caught 40 passes his final two seasons at WSU, including a nine-catch effort in Luke Falk’s first career victory at Oregon State in 2014.

Baker will bring a unique perspective to CF.C readers this spring, having spent the past four years in the football program at Washington State. Please join us in welcoming Tyler!

WSU’s Mike Leach is fond of saying every starting position is always up for grabs.  Among the spots that figure to be the most hotly contested:

The X-receiver, LT and LG spots on offense, with the Cougs replacing graduating seniors.  On the defensive side, WSU is replacing two of three down linemen in the end and tackle, the Rush and WIL linebackers, and the strong safety. 

The spring storylines are seemingly endless but these five Cougars in particular have a lot at stake this spring as they look to claim starting gigs: RG Cody O'Connell, RB James Williams, DL Daniel Ekuale, RUSH Logan Tago and LT Andre Dillard.

Three second-year freshmen linemen who spent this past season redshirting figure to be ones to keep an eye on as they begin in earnest their quest for playing time on Saturdays: Cedric Bigge-Duren and Noah Osur-Myers on the o-line and Hunter Mattox on the defensive line.

There’s also player position movement to keep abreast of: we reported earlier that receiver Tavares Martin is moving from the Z to the X but there figures to be additional movement.  As Jason Gesser told CF.C recently: “I think you’re going to see a lot of guys shuffling between inside receiver and outside receiver, with the aim of getting the four best guys in the starting lineup, period.”

Buckle up the chinstrap and keep it tuned to CF.C, spring football out on the Palouse is just hours away!

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