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HCA: Cougs set eight player receiver rotation heading into 2018 season

WSU will be as deep as ever at wide-out this season.

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It was a tumultuous offseason for the Washington State receiver corps. Tavares Martin Jr. was either dismissed or asked for his own release, while Isaiah Johnson-Mack is bound for Bowling Green as a transfer. But despite losing their top two wide-outs from last season, the Cougs will be far from hurting for talent at the position.

The wide receiving unit heading into 2018 will be among the deepest Mike Leach has ever had. With new faces like Rodrick Fisher and Travell Harris joining returning talent like Dez Patmon and Tay Martin, there will be plenty of action on the depth chart.

In fact, the Cougs are so deep, Coach Mike Leach is changing his usual policy. Leach usually has a rotation of eight players, two per position. But on Tuesday, Mike Leach said he would not only set that eight player rotation, but he would also find a way to get three additional wide-outs on to the field.

Theo Lawson has the full rundown in the Spokesman Review. According to Lawson, Leach also set his rotation “if the season started today.” At the Z position, Patmon and redshirt junior Easop Winston will take the snaps. At X, Martin and Fisher will get their chance to shine. At the inside H receiver, sophomore Renard Bell will join the freshman Harris on the depth chart, while Kyle Sweet and Jamire Calvin return to the Y receiver position.

Despite being left off the initial depth chart with just under two weeks to weeks to, Calvin Jackson Jr., Robert Lewis and Brandon Arconado could all rotate in. Leach mentioned the trio “could see time at the various positions.”

Lawson also points out that, barring injury, freshman receivers Drue Jackson, Kassidy Woods and Brandon Gray all appear to be bound for redshirt seasons.

That list could change as that September 1 date at Wyoming draws closer, but one thing is sure: The Cougs will be just fine at wide receiver for years to come.

Mike Leach sets Washington State’s eight-man receiver rotation; could use as many as 11 wideouts in 2018 | The Spokesman-Review
Since his days at Texas Tech, Leach has adhered strictly to an eight-player, two-player-per-position rotation, reasoning that it best allows a team to allocate sufficient reps to the team’s best pass-catchers, giving them enough opportunity to improve.

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