The biggest question heading into Saturday night’s season opener at Oregon State was who would be under center. Nick Rolovich confirmed it would be true freshman Jayden de Laura. The rest of the lineup? That was made official today, as WSU released its depth chart at the end of its game notes:
We have thoughts:
- Those first team wide receivers are very familiar (welcome back Jamire Calvin!) and not exactly tall. Will that even matter in this offense? Stay tuned!
- As for the second team receivers, I’ll let fellow author Zane Murfitt take the floor:
WSU will have the most gritty, hard working, great route running, cerebral, sneaky athletic 2nd string receiver group in the PAC-12 by far https://t.co/dyQ653JEa5— Zane (@zane_rm) November 3, 2020
- The offensive line was just what we expected in our season preview. Those backups are extremely green. Stay healthy, big guys.
- Jay Wilkerson, a true freshman, beat out fellow tall, more experienced receivers Donovan Ollie and Brandon Gray. Lucas Bacon, a walk-on, beat them out too.
- The “OR” makes its return to the QB depth chart, as expected.
- On the defensive side, the “OR” is listed at each defensive line position. Glass half full: Depth! Glass half empty: Nobody rose to the top!
- Justus Rogers over Travion Brown at MIKE linebacker. Hmmmmm. After the praise we heard about Brown, this is kind of curious. I’m sure both will get plenty of playing time. Rogers is the veteran, of course.
- There are four true freshman included in the two-deeps: de Laura, Wilkerson, Joey Hobert and Chau Smith-Wade.
- Looks like we’ll have a new kickoff specialist. Welcome, Andrew Boyle. And if Oscar Draguicevich III kicks off, put it on a highlight reel.