PULLMAN — To avoid all unnecessary consternation, it should be noted: This is not an official depth chart.
There will be one of those before long. Washington State’s season opener at Auburn is five days away. In anticipation, here is our best guess at what the Cougars’ depth chart might look like Saturday.
The biggest difference from last season is that most of these names are familiar. The Cougars played 17 true or redshirt freshmen a year ago. That isn’t likely to be the case again this season.
Offensively, the biggest question marks are in the receiving corps, where the top 10 are pretty well established at the four positions — it’s just a matter of who sees the field most. Sophomore Gabe Marks is a likely starter, and junior Isiah Myers brings some versatility bouncing between the outside spots. River Cracraft is an impressive freshman who will play a bunch, and sophomore Brett Bartolone led the team in receptions last season.
Though a two-deep is listed at each offensive line position, it should be noted that offensive line coach Clay McGuire won’t go more than eight deep unless he has to. So, for example, Matt Goetz likely would fill in at either guard position, if necessary, and fellow redshirt senior Zach Brevick has some versatility about him, too.
The first-team defensive line has been set for some time now, though it will be interesting to see which combinations the Cougars use beyond redshirt sophomore Xavier Cooper (Wilson High School), redshirt junior Toni Pole and senior Ioane Gauta. So, those positions are listed in an ambiguous fashion.
Without further ado, here is our best guess as to how things might shake out once the season starts: