Cougar football: Grandfather clause

THERE ARE plenty of crimson connections, naturally, between the Washington State and Idaho football programs – the schools are just eight miles apart. But the familial bonds three Cougars share are really worth taking note of.

A trio of Cougars – left tackle Andre Dillard, weakside linebacker Isaac Dotson and middle 'backer Peyton Pelluer (pictured above) –  share a unique Cougar bond with fathers and/or grandfathers who have also worn the crimson and gray.

For Dillard, a third-year sophomore, his dad Mitch was an offensive lineman and tight end for the Cougars in the late 1980’s.

With Dotson, a fourth-year junior, pops Michael was an All-American wrestler for WSU from 1983-86.

Pelluer, a fourth-year junior, is also a fourth-generation Cougar football player.  His dad, Scott, also wore No. 47 for WSU from 1977-80, and finished his Cougar career among the all-time leading tacklers in program history. Grandfather Arnie played end for Wazzu from 1953-55, and was drafted by the Los Angeles Rams.  Great-grandfather Carl Gustafson played fullback and linebacker for the Cougars from 1925-27. He was dubbed "King of the Campus" for his heroics in WSC's 9-6 upset of Washington in 1926.

MEANWHILE, A FIFTH true freshman might see his redshirt come off Saturday when the Cougs play host to the Vandals (11 am, Pac-12 Network).

Corner Marcus Strong was elevated into the two-deeps on this week's official depth chart, behind starter Darrien Molton. (The depth chart for the other corner spot lists Marcellus Pippins OR Treshon Broughton).

If Strong sees his first collegiate action on Saturday, he'll join four other true freshmen at Washington State who have had the redshirt removed: WR Isiah Johnson, LB Derek Moore, WR Dezmon Patmon and safety Jalen Thompson.

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