With fall camp underway, we can now begin to discuss some on-field activity. That includes a closer look at the roster, beginning with the quarterbacks.
Connor Halliday leads the group, but the redshirt junior is the only quarterback with a Pac-12 snap to his name. Redshirt freshman Austin Apodaca is likely on his way to earning the backup job and could still challenge Halliday if he blows everyone away in camp. Apodaca is an accurate passer, but raw. In an ideal situation, he would be the No. 3 QB this year and able to get his feet wet against Idaho or Southern Utah.
The quarterback depth chart is rounded off with three freshman. Tyler Bruggman is the biggest name. The 4-star recruit is the first Mike Leach handpicked QB to come to WSU. Isaac Dotson is the most athletic quarterback of the group and while he begins his career under center, there is still a chance that could change. Lucas Falk is a very solid walk-on and could see the field next year. Connor Ennis rounds out the depth chart.
If I was going to give the Cougars' quarterback depth a letter grade, it would probably be a C- minus, but with the poll structured the way it is, I'll go with a C. Halliday is a solid starter, and WSU is lucky to have him and not be entering the season without a QB with college experience. He may not be an all-conference type, but it could be much, much worse.
Bruggman and Apodaca have a lot of promise, but both are so young and are probably a rung or two higher than they should be. In an ideal world, Apodaca would get mop up duty this season with Bruggman sitting out the year regardless. That may happen, but if Halliday goes down, Apodaca or Bruggman could be thrust into the starting job too soon.
If WSU has the same top three next year, the grade would likely be at least a letter higher.
What grade would you give WSU's QB depth?