The Washington State football team is ready to hit the field for its allotted spring practices beginning Thursday at Martin Stadium and Rogers Field. The practices will culminate with the 2014 Crimson and Gray game on April 26 at Joe Albi Stadium in Spokane. If you can't make it to Joe Albi, you can flip your television on and go to the Pac-12 Networks to catch it. All practices will be on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays.
The beginning of spring practice also means we get our first look at the depth chart without the departing seniors and there are only a couple of surprises with the most notable being Daquawn Brown's presence on the depth chart. You'll recall Brown's dalliance with the law earlier this month and we figured those charges would result in Brown's departure. We haven't heard anymore about the status of Brown's case since so I'll assume Mike Leach is awaiting final word from the prosecutor's office on their findings. The rest of the secondary doesn't exactly inspire confidence. Redshirt freshman Charleston White tops the depth chart at the other corner spot while Issac Dotson and Taylor Taliulu are your top safeties. Of the ten players list, two are upperclassmen. Yikes.
I'm looking forward to Ivan McLennan's performance at the BUCK spot and his battle with Kache Palacio. McLennan was redshirted last year after the coaches realized he'd need more time to learn the defense but his athleticism got rave reviews from coaches last fall.
The offensive line contains a few surprises as well. It'll be interesting watching the battle at center between Sam Flor and Riley Sorenson while redshirt freshman Cole Madison has supplanted Jacob Seydel at right tackle.
As usual, don't pay too much attention to the wide receivers and running backs as they rotate constantly. For what it's worth, Marcus Mason and Theron West are on top for running backs; Dom Williams at X, River Cracraft at Y, Ricky Galvin at H and Gabe Marks at Z.
No more Furnalicious so newcomer Erik Powell is your kicker, Wes Concepcion will do the punting. With Austin Apodaca's departure, River Cracraft will do the holding.
Anything else jump out at you about the depth chart? Any surprises or disappointments?