Cougs have another starting job open

WASHINGTON STATE HAS another starting job open this spring we didn’t know about – long snapper. Walk on and two-year starter Lucas Gravelle tells he’s foregoing his final year of eligibility at Wazzu in search of a scholarship.

“I don’t want to leave, I love being a Coug … you just wish it could have been a different situation,” said Gravelle (6-0, 224).

He has served as the Cougs’ long snapper the past two seasons. He transferred to Washington State in January 2015 out of Erie Community College in Buffalo after prepping at Wheatfield High in Niagara, New York.

Gravelle said he’s on pace to graduate from WSU this summer, with plans to be in another school’s fall camp for his final year of eligibility. He said he hasn’t settled on a destination just yet.

“I’m still looking around,” he said.

The Cougs will have a different holder this season, too, as walk on Kaleb Fossum -- who doubled as a punt returner and backup receiver -- announced earlier this month he is leaving WSU for a scholarship offer at Nevada.

So who replaces Gravelle as WSU's long snapper this season? The leading candidate headed into spring ball will be Kyle Celli (6-1, 238) out of Seattle’s Bishop Blanchet High. Celli has been on the roster the past two years. Special teams coach Eric Mele told CF.C recently Celli “is more than capable” at long snapper.

Also in the mix will be Sacramento product Jack Haney (6-0, 226), a true freshman walk on with this Cougars this past season. In addition, Matthew Allen out of Redmond, Ore., is scheduled to join Wazzu this fall as a preferred walk on. CouGreat Drew Bledsoe, offensive coordinator at Summit High in Bend, Ore., is a big fan of Allen’s, having told The Oregonian, "I know what an NFL long snapper looks like. I've never seen one that looks like that in high school before watching that kid."

Stay tuned, CF.C will have much more from Mele on his special teams units soon. 

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