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WSU opens fall camp ahead of 2015 season

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Football is back.

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The Cougars won't play a meaningful football game for nearly another month, but the road to the season opener officially begins today in Lewiston where WSU will hold its first fall camp practice. There were spring football practices and offseason workouts, but this will be the first full-fledged practice since the end of last season.

It will also be the first practice for a number of players, including most of the incoming recruiting class. There will be new faces and plenty of new players in new places as WSU tries to sharpen a two-deep depth chart. WSU returns 39 letter winners, but that leaves plenty of room for new players and up-and-comers to fill in.

The biggest questions heading into the season are on the defensive side of the ball where Alex Grinch will need to work quickly to improve the unit and find a capable depth chart. The secondary figures to be an open competition with a dozen or more players competing for a few spots.

Offensively, the Cougars return their starting offensive line and several starting receivers. Dom Williams, River Cracraft and Gabe Marks headline an experienced wide receiver corps. There will be a few new faces among the backups, and it will be especially interesting to see who gets playing time at the outside spots.

Then, of course, there is the quarterback spot. Luke Falk will open training camp atop the depth chart, but it's not a certainty that he will stay there. Peyton Bender is the strongest competition with freshman Tyler Hilinski also possibly in the mix. There will be a heavy focus on those three and in an ideal world, one will separate from the pack early so WSU can effectively prepare for the season.

What will you be watching as fall camp begins?

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Football:

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Women's basketball:

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Volleyball:

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