2022 Washington State Cougar Offense more questions than answers

By on January 30, 2022 0

Salvation! The last time we saw our Washington State Cougars football team in action, they were leaving the field after a Sun Bowl loss. We won’t see them again in any way until March/April when spring practices begin. The period between now and then is a good opportunity to take stock of the situation of the team, even if the list could change considerably in the meantime.

That’s what Colton Clark of the Critic’s Review is doing these days, having started Saturday with the WSU attack. As usual, the Cougars have quite a bit of talent, especially in the skill positions. As usual, the Cougars lack the depth of talent that’s almost always needed to endure and succeed through a long football season.

The quarterback is the perfect example. While WSU has signed Cameron Ward, one of the transfer portal’s most wanted QBs, there’s appallingly little depth behind him. It’s a contrast to what we’ve grown accustomed to throughout the Leach era, when there was almost always a passable option behind the starter. An even more striking example is the offensive line. While Leach tended to stack linemen in a way that almost guaranteed a few capable saves, WSU’s current situation in this group of positions is a decent source of anxiety, as you’ll read in Clark’s article .

The situation is less perilous at the receiver, because the Cougs return a lot of potential, and a good dose of production (outside at least). There was a healthy dose of fear freshman De’Zhaun Stribling would follow fellow Hawaiian Jayden from Laura, but for now at least Stribling remains on the roster and a key part of the 2022 outlook. of Nard Dog Bell inside, with Joey Hobert and Lincoln Victor is a good starting point in slots. And color me intrigued by how the Cougs look at the tight end. Tight end!

With the second annual National Signing Day taking place this week, it’s highly unlikely that WSU will sign anyone who can step in and protect Cam Ward immediately. A key period in terms of the formation of the 2022 roster will likely be in the days immediately following spring training. This will be when players across the country will have a better idea of ​​where they are on the depth chart, and those who aren’t where they think they should be will start exploring their options. I anticipate that Jake Dickert and company (especially Clay McGuire!) will be scouring the big spreadsheet around this time.

If the rules in 2022 remain the same as last year, players have until July 1 to announce their transfer intentions in order to be eligible for next season.

Soccer

The Seattle Times recently released its annual token list. As usual, WSU has secured commitments of precisely zero Blue Chips in the state. It seems like a light year as far as Washington’s crème de la crème goes, as only three players are listed in this category.

The Cougs did slightly better in the second-best category, as four Red Chip prospects head to Pullman in the fall. Given the lack of production back to running back, WSU really needs Red Chipper Djouvensky Schlenbaker to contribute immediately.

Chips List 2022: Washington’s Top 100 High School Football Prospects | Seattle weather
The Seattle Times’ annual bullet list reveals Washington state’s top football prospects, as determined by high school athletic coordinator Nathan Joyce with input from recruiting experts.

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WSU football has entered a new era and its fans are wondering how it will turn out.

The rise of a quarterback conundrum: Cameron Ward’s journey from a zero-star FCS prospect to Washington State – The Athletic ($)
This is the story behind Ward’s two signings: the one from two years ago when no one else wanted him and the one from this winter that brought more options, more glory and more pressure. .

Basketball

Big game Sunday for the Cougs, as they are in the same relative stratum as the Colorado Buffaloes, at least in terms of standings. All signs point to WSU having the edge. In addition to the game in Pullman, WSU sits at No. 45 in KenPom and No. 51 in NET, while the Buffs are No. 81/82. WSU is also a 5.5 point favorite.

Meanwhile, the Cougar Women head west to take on Washington for the second time in just three days, aiming for a season sweep after their 60-56 win on Friday. The women’s tip at noon PST on Pac-12 Washington, while the men’s game will air on FS1, beginning at 7 p.m.

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CU will try to do two out of three on its week-long road trip through the Pacific Northwest while taking an alternate route that could ease some of the sting of an ugly loss in Washington on Thursday night.

This week in parenting

Team Kendall received news recently that the proverbial family trucker will be fueling up this summer and heading west for our final Air Force assignment. Once again we return to the good old Florida Panhandle. There was a chance that we would just head north and end up in Belgium, but that didn’t happen. Once we figured out our destination, the boys started talking about everything they had missed about the United States.

So I had an idea, and I asked them both to write down the top five things they’re looking forward to returning to the good old United States of America, and five things they’ll miss about from Europe. This was an iterative process as, as usual, they drafted incredibly broad answers first in order to complete the task in the shortest amount of time. After many back and forths, here are their lists.

10 years will miss:

  • Traveling to different countries during long weekends
  • Baseball (when told that baseball exists in the United States, he added that he would miss his current baseball team)
  • Gastronomy and culture in Italy
  • Friends he made here
  • Eat a charcuterie dish and watch football on Sundays. (since football doesn’t start until 7 p.m., charcuterie platter + NFL Red Zone has become a tradition this season)

13 will miss:

  • Authentic German schnitzel and sausage, food from Poland and Lithuania (originally it just wrote “food” because of course)
  • Traditions such as the town tractor parade and St. Nicholas. The latter takes place on December 6, when the children leave their shoes outside all night and they are filled with sweets.
  • Friends from school and sports teams
  • Traveling to fun places like Italy, Belgium and Greece
  • Proximity to so many important historical sites

10 years looking forward to:

  • Restaurants (when told there were also restaurants in Europe, he narrowed it down to Chick-fil-A and Jersey Mike’s)
  • Get closer to family
  • warmer weather
  • Make new friends
  • Everyone speaks English (we’ll try to avoid Louisiana I guess)

13 year old looking forward to:

  • Chick-fil-A, Whataburger, Panda Express
  • The beach
  • Closer to family
  • A bigger house (here we chose a house with more modern amenities instead of a big house which is old and oil heated. Again, we have just started looking at house prices in the United States. Whoops.)
  • Go to Blue Wahoos baseball games

Elsewhere, the Mighty Wolverines are 2-0! In a repeat from last week, we took a big lead (10-0 at halftime) only to let go in the second half. By the end of the third quarter, the score was tied at 10. But then Wolverines went on the gas again, ending the game on a 10-2 run to win 20-12. The kid didn’t hit any shots – he drilled one after the whistle – but he did manage several interceptions. As for the sock game, it still won first place with the ode to Baby Yoda.

He also received his newsletter this week. The grades were pretty good, but the teachers’ comments included the phrase “refrain from excessive socializing.” This evidence would indicate that he is not his father’s son.

Reading Club

I finally finished Lawrence in Arabia a few weeks ago, after having started it in June. It turns out that a guy reads books far more proficiently when deployed to the Middle East than when he’s back home with family and work. The book was fascinating and I highly recommend it to anyone interested in world history. It’s something to see a few whites dividing up an area in such a way as to guarantee a century (at least) of bloody sectarian unrest.

After that I went to Wright Thompson Papyland. As a fan of good bourbon, who was lucky enough to find 20- and 23-year-old Pappy Van Winkle (thanks, Cologne Marriott!), this was an engaging read. Thompson is a fabulously gifted writer, and he weaves together the story of Pappy Van Winkle’s brand, his own family’s past and present, and southern culture in a particularly eloquent way. There are a few places where the narrative feels forced, but for the most part it’s a good read, especially when it talks about how Julian Van Winkle pulled just about every lever imaginable to preserve and renew the production of the best bourbon in the world.

Now that the Master class (the last one!) has resumed, the Book Club will once again be on hiatus.

Not athletic

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