Coug fans have followed Rickey Galvin on a journey of ups and downs since he arrived at WSU. Galvin has been a key contributor to the Cougar offense in every year that he has been able to remain healthy. Here are five things to know about him:
Name - Rickey Galvin
Position - Wide Receiver
Year - RS Senior
Height/Weight - 5'8", 178 pounds
Hometown - Berkeley, CA
Things to know:
1. Cali kid - Galvin came to WSU a 3-star recruit from Berkeley, CA. Growing up in the shadows of the University of California, Galvin was overlooked by the Bears and the rest of the Pac-12 due to his 5'8", 168 pound stature coming out of high school.
2. Devastating injuries - The very first time that Galvin touched the football as a true freshman in 2010, he suffered a gruesome break to his arm that caused him to miss the rest of the season and earn a medical redshirt. He suffered another season-ending injury in the third game of the 2012 season versus UNLV. Galvin has only been completely healthy in two of the last four years.
3. New coach, new roles - Galvin was WSU's leading rusher in 2011 under Paul Wulff. When Wulff was let go at the end of the season and replaced by Mike Leach, Galvin was moved to play as an inside receiver in the H spot. Leach has also used Galvin extensively on special teams as a kick returner. Galvin returned 24 kickoffs for 537 yards in 2013.
4. A healthy 2013 - Galvin played in all 13 games for the Cougs last season making five starts. His receiving totals included 39 catches for 311 yards (8.0 avg.) and four touchdowns.
5. 2014 projection - Galvin was listed as the No. 1 H receiver on the spring roster depth chart. Galvin will have plenty of competition for reps at the H with Brett Bartolone and incoming freshman Calvin Greene. Galvin's role on special teams is also yet to be seen for the coming year.
A lot of WSU fans will be rooting for Galvin to have a big final year for the Cougs. Undersized, Galvin has survived injury and position change to remain a valuable contributor on the Cougar offense and special teams. Let's hope that Galvin's last season in Pullman is a healthy and memorable one.