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HCA: Who is Cougar football’s best athlete?

My vote goes to a sophomore wide reciever

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Top college football writer Bruce Feldman has been writing a popular series the last few years about the “freak” athletes in college football. He is doing a top 50 list this year for The Athletic ($). This got me thinking, who is the biggest freak on this year’s Cougar football squad?

There are a few candidates on defense, most notably Namdi Oguayo and Jalen Thompson. Both possess elite speed for their positions, if not size. Cornerback Sean Harper is another top end athlete on defense. Logan Tago is a guy that coaches have talked about in the past as being able to play almost any position on the field. These are all great choices, but I think we’ll find our answer on the offensive side of the ball.

On offense there are some exceptional athletes at the skill positions such as running backs Boobie Williams and Max Borghi as well as wide receiver Jamile Calvin. Andre Dillard possesses NFL level athleticism at left tackle.

But for my money the true “freak” on the WSU squad is sophomore wide receiver Tay Martin. He is a 6-foot-3 185 pound wideout with top-end speed and leaping ability. He was probably WSU’s best receiver by the end of the year as a true freshman. He was also a terrific high school basketball player and this highlight seals the deal for me.

Who is your pick for WSU’s best athlete?


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