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Cougars put on full pads for spring practice

WSU was in full pads on Thursday and there was a slight change in the wide receiver depth chart.

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Washington State went through its seventh spring football practice on Thursday and unlike in the previous six, the Cougars wore full pads during the workout. While that likely led to some more physical play, the results were largely the same as every other spring practice. The offense had some moments and the defense too has some moments.

There was one thing that caught my eye in Jacob Thorpe's practice report and that was the fact Kristoff Williams has shifted from the Y receiver spot back outside. Williams played mostly outside last year, but was listed at the Y spot behind River Cracraft on the spring depth chart. Williams had plenty of success in practice on Thursday, reportedly catching three touchdowns. While there isn't much question he can play outside, I was looking forward to what he could do at the Y. The Cougars have very little depth at that spot behind Cracraft and seemingly have very healthy numbers outside.

We'll have to wait and see if the move sticks. Williams is arguably the most versatile receiver on the depth chart and has played all over. That trend may continue through the season with him seeing time at the Y, X and Z depending on the current state of the depth chart in any given week.


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