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Washington State fall camp: Piecing together the depth chart

THE FALL CAMP roster and depth chart will be released sometime next week by Washington State. What might the depth chart look like? Well, if Mike Leach’s crimson history is any indication …

It will look a lot like the post-spring depth chart (although in this year's case it was called the “spring game” depth chart).

There will of course be some changes – QB Peyton Bender and LB Chandler Leniu have moved on since the spring. And RB Keith Harrington, who missed the spring session with an injury, will undoubtedly be back on the chart. So will a new Cougar QB, second-year sophomore Anthony Gordon.

But for the most part, with an exception here or there, there have usually been few changes between the post-spring and pre-fall camp depth chart by Leach in his time at Washington State. Fall camp kicks off Aug. 6 in Lewiston.

Some of the noteworthy items from the 2016 spring game depth chart include:

*At the starting H, Robert Lewis and Kyle Sweet were listed as “OR.”  At quarterback, Tyler Hilinski was listed as the No. 2 over the since-departed Bender. The running backs were all listed as “OR.”

*At the tackle spot on defense, listed behind starter Daniel Ekuale was Garrett McBroom, with Nick Begg listed as third-string. Behind starter Hercules Mata’afa at end was second-year freshman Nnamdi Oguayo, followed by third-year sophomore Kingston Fernandez.

*The No. 1 rush linebacker was Logan Tago, with Dylan Hanser his backup.  At WIL, Nate DeRider and Paris Taylor were listed as “OR” at the No. 2 spot behind starter Frankie Luvu. At the MIKE, Aaron Porter was listed ahead of the since-departed Leniu for the No. 2 spot behind starter Peyton Pelluer.

*True freshman safety Jalen Thompson was listed as the No. 1 strong safety.  At one corner spot, Charleston White was listed as the starter while the No. 2 spot listed Marcellus Pippins and Treshon Broughton as “OR.”

*The official depth chart doesn’t always play out the way its drawn up.  Drew Norvell was listed as the No. 2 left guard behind starter Cody O’Connell and B.J. Salmonson was listed as the No. 2 RT behind starter Cole Madison. But when Madison got dinged up this spring, the combination WSU went with most was to move right guard Eduardo Middleton to right tackle and insert Norvell at the right guard spot.

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