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Seven Cougars make the cut

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Jon Wilner of the San Jose Mercury News has some early picks for next year’s All Pac-12 Team as spring practice is about to begin for conference teams. He puts seven WSU players on his first and second team. Running back Max Borghi and Right Tackle Abe Lucas make the first team on offense while linebacker Jahad Woods and Returner Travell Harris are on the defense. Borghi and Lucas were among the best at their position in the conference as sophomores which makes them logical picks. Borghi should be a perfect fit in new coach Nick Rolovich’s run and shoot offense and pile up some big numbers. Woods has put up big tackle numbers since his freshman and hopefully will be a stabilizing force on an improved defense next year. Harris has consistently been one of the top return men in the conference his first two years.

The second team has Guard Josh Watson, Wide Receiver Tay Martin, and surprisingly Kicker Blake Mazza. Mazza was a finalist for the Groza Award for the top kicker in the country so you would think he would be a lock for first team (Wilner left him off for UW kicker Peyton Henry of all people. Ugh.). Watson is a another solid senior in the mold of Woods. Martin has been in and out of Mike Leach’s doghouse, but has the potential to put up big numbers as an outside receiver in the run and shoot.

Wilner proposes some changes to the All-Conference team with adding a third receiver and fifth defensive back in the era of the spread offense. Makes sense to me!

It’s hard to say who else would be a candidate for this team until seeing Rolo’s first spring session, but one guy to watch out for is Jamire Calvin with the new role of inside receivers in the Run and Shoot.

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