Offensive line depth takes a hit

WITH THE OPEN of fall camp three weeks away, the depth of Washington State's offensive line just got a little thinner. WSU's Sports Information Department said late Friday afternoon that big Eddie Vickers doesn't currently meet eligibility requirements and will be forced to redshirt this season.

Vickers, along with Dan Rowlands and Andy Roof, were three redshirt freshmen who had been mentioned by the coaching staff as having a very good shot to earn playing time this year. Rowlands appeared to be the furthest along of the three during spring ball.

Vickers (6-3, 335), from Vancouver's Columbia River High had made significant strides in the weight room during the offseason, displaying a slimmed down physique this spring.

Increased quickness and power was evident during the session's individual drills, and Vickers' athleticism has always been off the charts for a big man.

The pre fall camp depth chart from Washington State lists Bobby Byrd as the starter at left tackle with Spencer Hollison his backup, while Sean O'Connor starts at left guard with Rowlands listed at No. 2. At center, Nick Mihlhauser is the starter with Josh Duin and Kenny Alfred behind him. The starter at right guard is Norvell Homes with Riley Fitt-Chappell at the No. 2. At right tackle, Charles Harris is the starter followed by Andy Roof and Derek Hunter.

Washington State has liberally substituted positions in the past on the offensive line. At one time or another, Fitt-Chappell has played tackle, guard and center for WSU, so the designations above are likely not set in stone.

Vickers is the second player failing to meet academic requirements this offseason -- Tyron Brackenridge will use his redshirt year to concentrate on his studies and miss the 2005 season. WSU's Sports Information Department previously said Cougar signees James Bradley and Joseph Townsend were also unlikely to meet NCAA entrance requirements.

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