Spring is the time for experimentation and the WSU staff has been looking at senior WILL linebacker Isaac Dotson (6-1, 224) more at NICKEL over the past few practices (and a spot he's played before). That could give Dillon Sherman (6-1, 213) an opportunity to make a move up the depth chart at the WILL.
Linebackers coach Ken Wilson has been high on Sherman's potential since last season, earlier telling CF.C Sherman adjusted nicely during his redshirt freshman campaign out of El Toro High in Lake Forest, Calif.
“We brought in a preferred walk on out of Southern California named Dillon Sherman that we think is going to be a really good football player here. He’s going to be in the mix there this spring," Wilson told CF.C before spring ball began.
Sherman knows he has an opportunity over the final spring practices, and the spring game Saturday in Spokane, but he needs to do his homework.
“It’s all about the playbook,” he said. “I’ve been struggling a little bit with learning all of it but I’m coming around, and I definitely think I’ll be able to get up the depth chart.”
While he’s open to any position that will get him on the field, Sherman thinks the WILL position suits him best.
“I really like WILL because I’m fast enough to get out in coverage, and then still big enough to come back and fill a hole if I need to,” said Sherman.
Sherman said pass coverage is probably his favorite responsibility.
“You can hit people and intercept some balls. I like reading the wideouts, too," he said.
Sherman has been very active with both the 2's and 3's this spring, often involved in key defensive stops preventing catches or keeping ball carriers from breaking out into the open field. And it looks like that's gotten him more notice as the spring has gone along.
Sherman thinks the defense still needs to get better at playing together, but acknowledges it can be difficult with lineups switching so often in spring ball.
Although defensive miscommunications have led to some big offensive plays in camp so far, Sherman thinks that says more about the Cougar offense than it does the D.
“As much as we’re working on it, they’re killing it, too,” said Sherman.