While we have gotten a pretty good idea of who we can expect on the field on Saturday when the Washington State Cougars line up against the New Mexico State Aggies for the 2019 season opener, Mike Leach and the Cougars released their first official depth chart of the season on Monday.
Even after naming a starter at quarterback last week, Leach included his famous “or” when it came to the position saying that Anthony Gordon or Gage Gubrud or Trey Tinsley will get the start on Saturday. Quarterback wasn’t the only position that is up in the air according to Leach, there are actually 16 total with 10 of them being on offense.
#WSU’s opening week depth chart. Two “ORs” separating the QBs despite Leach naming Gordon the starter. Misi Aiolupotea-Pei has locked down the starting NT spot & Dallas Hobbs/LaMonte McDougle are both listed as backups. Also surprised not to see Dom Silvels at backup “Will” LB. pic.twitter.com/K6QlNI78xd— Theo Lawson (@TheoLawson_SR) August 26, 2019
The only positions that seem to be set are the five offensive lineman and Max Borghi at running back. The rest of the running back situation is up in the air however as Clay Markoff, Deon McIntosh and Jouvensly Bazil are all listed as the possible backup to Borghi.
At X Leach has Tay Martin, Calvin Jackson, and Rodrick Fisher as the possible starters and Y has Brandon Arconado, Kassidy Woods, and Jamire Calvin in that order. At Z it’s between Easop Winston Jr. and Dezmon Patmon.
Things on the other side of the ball are a little different as there are only three positions that don’t have a clear cut starter according to the depth chart. Nnamdi Oguayo and Karson Block are up for end while Justus Rogers and Dillon Sherman are split at Mike backer. Armani Marsh and George Hicks III are battling for the corner spot opposite of Marcus Strong.
Some of the more surprising things that were noticed on the depth chart is the “or” between Dallas Hobbs and LaMonte McDougle for the backup spot at nose-tackle. Misi Aiolupotea-Pei has locked up the starting spot this spring but the West Virginia transfer being the third name on the list is a bit surprising. It could be good however as it means the depth at nose is impressive.
Another interesting move is we don’t see Dom Silvels as a backup for Wil-back. Hank Pladson takes the roll as backup behind Jahad Woods who is the clear cut starter and leader for on the defensive side of the ball.
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