Cougar football notebook: These 4 Washington State true freshmen won’t redshirt after playing in Week One

THESE FOUR TRUE FRESHMEN won’t redshirt this season after seeing action in Washington State’s season opener. Meanwhile, five Cougars made their first start on defense in Week One. And 10 players all told on Saturday night made their Washington State debuts.

The four Cougar true freshmen who had the redshirt taken off in Week One: WR Isiah Johnson, LB Derek Moore (pictured above), WR Dezmon Patmon and safety Jalen Thompson, (Thompson got the start at strong safety).

The quintet of Cougs making their first career starts on D this past Saturday: free safety Robert Taylor, strong safety Thompson, CB Treshon Broughton, defensive end Hercules Mata’afa and rush Logan Tago.

The 10 who took their first game day snaps as Cougs this past weekend: RB James Williams, DE Nnamdi Oguayo, DE Kingston Fernandez, DL Garrett McBroom, LB Tristan Brock (on special teams), Thompson, Taylor, Johnson, Patmon and Moore.

Countdown to the ultimate Pac-12 grabmaster: Gabe Marks caught 10 passes in the opener, increasing his career total to 237.  He needs 58 receptions to become the all-time leading receiver in the 101-year history of the Pac-12 (Nelson Spruce, Colorado, 294).

Second-year sophomore inside receiver Kyle Sweet caught his first career touchdown pass in the opener.

Hard to believe but Jamal Morrow’s rushing touchdown Saturday was the first of his WSU career. Fellow running back Gerard Wicks’ receiving TD was the first of his Wazzu career.

Washington State wore new matte helmets with crimson facemasks, the first time the Cougars wore crimson facemasks since 2010. Superstition being what it is, probably won't see those again anytime soon.

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