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WSU spring football: Sizing up the Cougars' spring roster release

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There were several big movers on the scale as WSU releases spring roster.

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The Washington State Cougars, in addition to announcing their spring football schedule, released an updated roster Monday afternoon, and while there were no surprises personnel-wise, several players moved the scales in a big way since last fall.

Luke Falk, Andre Dillard, Tavares Martin Jr. and James Williams made huge gains on offense while Greg Hoyd III, Logan Tago, Daniel Ekuale and Charleston White led the way on defense. Let's take a position-by-position look at the updated weight changes heading into spring.

QUARTERBACK
NO.
NAME
POS
YR
HT
WT
+/-
4 FALK, Luke QB JR* 6-4 214 +9
6 BENDER, Peyton QB SO* 6-0 190 +3
3 HILINSKI, Tyler QB FR* 6-3 191 +4

ROGERS, Justus QB/ATH FR 6-2 218 -2
13 JORGENSON, Christian QB FR* 6-2 195 +16


Falk, entering his redshirt junior season, added nine pounds to his frame and now checks in at 214 pounds. While durable for the majority of the season, Falk was roughed up a bit late in the year, so adding some weight with another summer to pack on a few more is a very positive sign.

Incoming players: Bryce Missey (6-0/190)

RUNNING BACK
NO.
NAME
POS
YR
HT
WT
+/-
23 WICKS, Gerard RB JR* 6-0 226 +2
25 MORROW, Jamal RB JR* 5-9 191 +1
24 HARRINGTON, Keith RB SO* 5-8 191 +11
32 WILLIAMS, James RB FR* 5-11 195 +15
48 LEE, Alijah RB SO* 5-6 193 +16
27 PAGE, Killian RB FR* 5-8 187 +2
34 TAULELEI, Madigan RB FR* 6-0 207 +2


Highly regarded running back James Williams, who redshirted last season after suffering an ACL tear during his senior year of high school, turned heads in Thursday Night Football last fall, and it appears he's turning heads in the weight room, as well. Williams added 15 pounds since the fall and is now listed as a stout 5-foot-11, 195-pounds.

While Gerard Wicks and Jamal Morrow report at their usual 226 and 191, respectively, Keith Harrington, the third member of Earth, Wind and Fire, beefed up in a big way. The redshirt sophomore now weighs a solid 191 pounds, up 11 pounds from last fall.

Incoming players: Romello Harris (5-10/175)

WIDE RECEIVER
NO.
NAME
POS
YR
HT
WT
+/-
21 CRACRAFT, River WR SR 6-0 203 +3
9 MARKS, Gabe WR SR* 6-0 188 -2
15 LEWIS, Robert WR JR* 5-9 162 -8
12 MARTIN JR., Tavares WR SO 6-1 182 +17
1 PRIESTER, Kyrin WR JR 6-1 194 +4
88 DIMRY, C.J. WR SR* 6-5 202 +2
JOHNSON, Isaiah WR FR 6-3 214 +3
83 SWEET, Kyle WR SO 6-0 190 +4
38 FOSSUM, Kaleb WR SO 5-10 186 -1
85 THOMPSON, John WR SR 5-8 192 -2
89 BEGG, Nick TE SO* 6-5 246 +9
33 WILSON, Kainoa WR FR* 5-11 167 +7


Whoa. Tavares Martin Jr., everyone. The sophomore, who arrived at Washington State at just 165 pounds, made a huge improvement on the scales, checking in at 182 pounds this spring, up a total of 17 pounds from last fall. That size combined with that speed is a very fun thing.

The rest of the crew, including Gabe Marks, River Cracraft and Ky Priester, made modest gains, if any, though Robert Lewis, after gaining a few pounds last year, dropped back down to 162. An interesting story line I'm following this spring is to see how Leach works in redshirt sophomore tight end Nick Begg, who bulked up to 246 pounds from last fall.

C.J. Dimry, hopefully healthy after an injury-riddled debut campaign last year, is another receiver to keep an eye on at 6-foot-5, 202-pounds. Isaiah Johnson arguably the prize of the Cougars' 2016 recruiting class, looks to already have the size to contribute right away at 6-foot-3, 214-pounds.

Incoming players: Renard Bell (5-10/165), Dezmon Patmon (6-4/202), Grant Porter (6-2/185)

OFFENSIVE LINE
NO.
NAME
POS
YR
HT
WT
+/-
79 BIGGE-DUREN, Cedric OL FR* 6-6 320 +12
60 DILLARD, Andre OL SO* 6-5 290 +20
78 FREEMAN, Carlos OL JR* 6-3 308 +5
53 HANCOCK, Caleb OL JR* 6-5 294 +19
72 HOPKINS, Mack OL SO* 6-5 309 +7
61 MADISON, Cole OL JR* 6-5 305 +2
73 MIDDLETON, Eduardo OL SR* 6-5 323 +13
57 NORVELL, Drew OL FR* 6-4 293 +10
76 O'CONNELL, Cody OL JR* 6-8 351 +5
70 OSUR-MYERS, Noah OL FR* 6-4 309 +11
77 PAZ, Chris OL FR* 6-4 316 +11
68 PERROTT, Davis OL FR* 6-4 257 -13
65 SAKARIA, Amosa OL FR* 6-2 314 +6
75 SALMONSON, B.J. OL JR* 6-4 281 -14
58 SORENSON, Riley OL SR 6-4 327 +8


Alright, let's get to the beef. A little over two years ago, Andre Dillard signed with the Cougars as a 245-pound left tackle. Today, he enters his redshirt sophomore season at 290-pounds, up 20 from last fall and 45 over the last two years. Bravo, Jason Lascalzo. Dillard was probably somewhere in between that when he filled in last fall, but he's only going to keep growing, and that's a positive sign for Falk's blindside.

Eduardo Middleton (+13), Cedric Bigge-Duren (+12) and Noah Osur-Myers (+11) also made double-digit gains while Riley Sorenson (+8) also added some weight. There were a few big movers among the walk-on lineman, including redshirt junior Caleb Hancock, who jumped up 19-pounds, and Drew Norvell tipping the scales 10-pounds heavier. Redshirt freshman Davis Perrott and redshirt junior B.J. Salmonson dropped double-digits at 13- and 14-pounds, respectively.

In total, this group of 15 linemen average 306.5 pounds, up an average of five pounds from last fall. There's plenty of beef on the way, as well.

Incoming players: Nillson Gaisoa (6-5/295), Christian Haangana (6-5/365), Kevin King (6-4/301), Frederick Mauigoa (6-4/295), Liam Ryan (6-6/275), Josh Watson (6-5/265)

DEFENSIVE LINE
NO.
NAME
POS
YR
HT
WT
+/-
92 BARBER, Robert NT SR* 6-3 309 +2
90 EKUALE, Daniel DL JR* 6-3 296 +8
96 FEHOKO, T.J. DE FR* 6-1 272 -1
52 FERNANDEZ, Kingston DE SO* 6-2 260 +4
93 LAIRD, Jacob DL SO* 6-0 242 -10
50 MATA'AFA, Hercules DE SO* 6-2 245 +3
59 MATTOX, Hunter DL FR* 6-3 270 +11

McBROOM, Garrett DL JR* 6-3 276 +8
98 MITCHELL, Jeremiah DE SR* 6-4 270 +14
95 TAPA, Ngalu DL SO* 6-2 314


The defensive line is a group to pay close attention to this spring, given the departures of Destiny Vaeao and Darryl Paulo. Robert Barber and Daniel Ekaule are expected to anchor the group, and each player tips the scales at just about or above 300 pounds entering the spring. Backup nose tackle Ngalu Tapa, who the Cougars may have to rely heavily on this fall, remains at 314-pounds while Hercules Mata'afa and Kingston Fernandez both check in just above their fall weights.

The biggest mover of the group is defensive end Jeremiah Mitchell, who arrived as a four-star out of Riverside C.C. a year ago, but struggled to find snaps last season. He's bulked up to 270 since last fall, and should push for playing time this spring. Fellow junior college transfer Garrett McBroom has added eight pounds since his arrival in January.

Hunter Mattox will also push for snaps this year after a redshirt season. He's up to 270, a gain of 11-pounds from last fall, while T.J. Fehoko, coming off an Achilles tear, dropped one pound from last weigh-in. Fehoko is expected to be ready come fall, though his spring availability is still unknown.

Incoming players: Lyric Bartley (6-3/245), Danny Bender (6-4/240)

LINEBACKERS
NO.
NAME
POS
YR
HT
WT
+/-
47 PELLUER, Peyton LB JR* 6-0 229 +2
51 LUVU, Frankie LB JR 6-3 239 +2
42 HOYD III, Greg LB SO* 6-1 230 +9
29 HENRY, Parker LB SR* 5-11 203 -4
33 HANSER, Dylan LB JR 6-4 230
54 DeRIDER, Nate LB JR* 6-1 222 -2
49 BROCK, Tristan LB FR* 6-0 250 +10
57 GRIFFIN, Drew LB SO* 5-11 214 +3
44 LENIU, Chandler LB SO* 6-0 260 -1
53 OGUAYO, Nnamdi OLB FR* 6-3 218 +8
43 PORTER, Aaron LB SR* 6-3 228 -14
45 TAGO, Logan LB SO 6-3 240 +12
56 COMFORT, Taylor LB SO* 6-0 248 +10
20 TAYLOR, Paris LB SR* 6-3 215 -4


Among the usual suspects, Peyton Pelluer maintained his 229-pound frame and Frankie Luvu, Dylan Hanser, Paris Taylor and Parker Henry remained generally the same size. A few big movers, though: Aaron Porter, Logan Tago, Greg Hoyd III and Nnamdi Oguayo.

Porter dropped 14 pounds and is now a more agile 228 entering his senior season in which the former four-star UCLA linebacker will be asked to be a regular contributor. Logan Tago, however, hit the weights hard, adding 12-pounds. I'm predicting a big year for Tago — he's a special athlete at a now-240-pounds. As did Greg Hoyd II and Nnamdi Oguayo, whom added 9- and 8-pounds, respectively.

Chandler Leniu is still at 260, which begs the question whether he'll make a move to the defensive line with the group needing some depth heading into the year. Leniu, a former four-star, has the athleticism to make the move.

There's a stacked group of linebackers entering the fold this fall, too, with junior college transfers Suli Tamaivena (and possibly his twin brother, Siti) and Chima Onyeuwku leading the way. The linebacking corps is in good hands.

Incoming players: Derek Moore (6-2/211), Chima Onyeukwu (6-3/215), Suliasi Tamaivena (6-2/225), Mason Vinyard (6-5/215), Jahad Woods (5-11/215)

CORNERBACKS
NO.
NAME
POS
YR
HT
WT
+/-
16 BROUGHTON, Treshon CB SR 6-0 174 +4
22 MOLTON, Darrien CB SO 5-10 173 +3
10 PARKER, Kirkland CB JR* 6-1 182 +7
27 PIPPINS, Marcellus CB JR 5-10 170
39 SINGLETON, Deion CB FR* 6-2 184 -6
38 SINCHAK, Dakota DB JR* 5-9 178 -2
4 WHITE, Charleston CB JR* 6-0 195 +10

THOMPSON, Jalen DB FR 6-0 176 +6


It was a resurgent year for the Cougars' cornerbacks in year one under Alex Grinch, led by Marcellus Pippins, who checks in once again at 170-pounds. Charleston White was the big mover among cornerbacks, adding 10 pounds from a season ago and now weighs 195. He's the biggest cornerback of the group, and will push sophomore Darrien Molton, who added three pounds.

Deion Singleton, after a grayshirt and redshirt year, is listed at 184, down six pounds from last fall and fully expected to stick at cornerback after some toying around at safety in fall camp. Jalen Thompson is a name to watch as a true freshman, combing size and speed at the cornerback spot. He's listed at 6-foot, 176-pounds in his debut season.

Incoming players: D'jimon Jones (5-11/175), Marcus Strong (5-11/170)

SAFETIES
NO.
NAME
POS
YR
HT
WT
+/-
18 LUANI, Shalom S SR 6-0 198 -3
35 DALE, Hunter S SO 5-10 203 +1
31 DOTSON, Isaac S JR* 6-1 214 -1
5 GREEN, Calvin S JR 5-10 178 +3
2 HAMEED, Suli S SO* 5-10 185 -5
23 HECKER, Andrew S FR* 6-0 197 +17
28 LEMORA, Darius S JR* 6-0 193 -3
18 LUANI, Shalom S SR 6-0 198 -3
6 POWELL, Kameron S FR* 6-0 194 -8
41 ROACH, Willie DB SR* 6-1 207 +11
19 TEGLOVIC, Colton S SR* 6-0 188 -7


The safety spot opposite star safety Shalom Luani (-3) is wide open entering the spring slate, though sophomore Hunter Dale (+1) could be poised to take advantage this spring after forcing his way onto the field as a true freshman.

Suli Hameed, who missed last season with knee and shoulder injuries, is expected to be ready by fall, though it's unclear whether he'll be a full-go this spring. The redshirt sophomore checks in at 185-pounds. Isaac Dotson (-1), Darius Lemora (-3) and Kameron Powell (-8) will also be in the mix, in addition to junior college transfer Robert Taylor.

Incoming players: Robert Taylor (5-11/180), Skyler Thomas (5-11/175)

SPECIALISTS
NO.
NAME
POS
YR
HT
WT
+/-
48 ABRAMO, Matt K FR* 6-2 184 -2
95 CHARME, Zach P/K SO 6-1 188 -4
44 CELLI, Kyle LB/LS SO* 6-1 230
94 COX, Mitchell K JR* 6-0 195 -7
71 GRAVELLE, Lucas LS JR* 6-0 224 +6
46 POWELL, Erik K/P JR* 6-1 195 +2
49 SCHAFER, Brett K FR* 5-9 169 +4


Specialists lift, too. Kickers Erik Powell and Brett Schafer added some pounds while while long snapper Lucas Gravelle put on six pounds. Fellow longsnapper Kyle Celli ramins at 230. Special forces.

Props to Jason Lascalzo and his staff, who don't get nearly the praise they deserve with WSU's turnaround.