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Recent attrition from the wide receiver depth points to strength at the top

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The WSU receiving corps have taken a hit in the last month, losing three players who were playing in their first fall camp a year ago. For most teams this would be a bad sign for the upcoming season, for the Cougs it's just an example of their depth.

Most recently, it's been reported that redshirt freshman Zaire Andre has been granted release from the school. Earlier in the week, it was noticed that Barry Ware is no longer listed on the roster. Lastly Calvin Green, while still on the team, had moved across the field and is playing in the defensive backfield.

All three were recruited in the class of 2014 and were all 3 star prospects per the 247Sports composite rankings.

Players leaving the program is hardly a good sign, but the transfers in addition to Calvin Green's position change really just point to the depth of this group of receivers.

Of this year's group of wide outs, there are only three seniors, and Dom Williams is the only senior expected to start. In addition to the majority of the group returning next year, multiple underclassmen have been climbing up the depth chart this fall.

Kyrin Priester has pushed Williams and the transfer is likely to see playing time at X. Tavares Martin Jr. has also made quite the impression, per practice reports. The future of the wide receivers is even brighter when you consider Robert Lewis and the potential of Kyle Sweet.

Ware and Andre transferring could be unrelated to playing time, but neither has made much of a move up the already crowded depth chart. The situation becomes even muddier when you include another four or five receivers that get recruited in the class of 2016.

Best of luck to the players who are departing, but I for one am pretty happy about the receivers lining up for the Cougs this year and in the future.

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