WSU's roster has taken shape over the course of fall camp and we're beginning to have a good idea of who will play key roles for the Cougars this season. With that in mind, we're going to try and predict individual stats. I don't exactly have the best track record for predicting stats, so I would suggest looking at my predictions and doing the opposite.
Predicting exact outcomes would be a bit much, so instead let's see who you think will lead WSU in several key statistical categories this season.
My pick: Halliday has the starting job locked up and barring injury he should be the easy pick here.
My pick: I still believe in the skills Caldwell flashed as a freshman. Laufasa has had the best camp, but I'm sticking with Caldwell.
My pick: So many options here. Dominique Williams and Marks are likely the favorites, but I'm going to go with Kristoff Williams. In re-watching some games from last season, Williams jumped off to me for his physical play. I think this is the year he puts it all together. I also expect the receiving stats to be bunched and the leader won't lead by much.
My pick: If Mayes were still at BUCK, he'd be the easy pick for me. As it stands now I'm going to go with Palacio. He looked like a rangy, explosive athlete as a freshman and is probably the most complete of the three contenders at BUCK. I think he'll see the field a lot and Mike Breske will find a way to use him.
My pick: Monroe is going to finish with a lot of tackles, but I'm going to go with Bucannon to repeat as the leading tackler. He's just all over the field and always seems to be in the action. He's bigger this year and could be even more of a force in run support.
My pick: Bucannon led the team last year, but did you know Cyrus Coen finished second? I'm actually going to go with Carpenter here. It's a tough pick, because we still don't know how much he's going to play, yet I like his coverage ability at safety and could see him playing a roving role over the top with the bulked up Bucannon playing closer to the line of scrimmage.
Those are my picks, who are you taking? Feel free to add statistical projections if you are really feeling lucky.