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HCA: Wide receiver Easop Winston likely to take a redshirt year

After a strong spring, the junior college transfer had a quiet fall camp. Now we know why.

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The City College of San Francisco wide receiver transfer, Easop Winston, will more than likely take the year off to continue to develop into his game. Washington State head coach Mike Leach confirmed the possibility on Monday after flirting with the idea last week according to an article by Theo Lawson.

The 5-foot-11, 189-pound receiver has received high praise from both his quarterback and his head coach this year. Both Luke Falk and Leach have said that Winston may have the best hands on the team and Falk even went as far as to say he has the best hands he has ever seen.

As a freshman at CCSF, Winston hauled in 62 catches for 986 yards and caught 12 touchdowns. The following year he led the team with 71 receptions for 1,171 yards and caught another 12 touchdowns.

Winston transferred to Washington State in January and has been with the team since Spring camp. Even while impressing people, the coaching staff believes he needs to develop and catch up to the rest of his game. His speed, strength, and conditioning is a step behind his ability to catch the football.

The solution? Using a redshirt year. If this holds true, Winston will have had a year and a half of practice in Pullman before even stepping on the field in a Cougar uniform. This is not a guarantee however as Leach also said he will not question using Winston if needed.

You can watch the entire news conference here:

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