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Coming off a dismal 3-22 record in Paul Wulff’s first two seasons, including 0-9 in Pac-10 games last year, WSU aims to take strides back toward competitiveness.

Offensive line

No. Name Ht. Wt. Yr. Hometown
LT 79 David Gonzales 6-6 275 Jr. Fresno, Calif.
76 Alex Reitnouer 6-5 270 So. Pasadena, Calif.
LG 54 Wade Jacobson 6-6 304 Jr. San Benito
75 Tyson Pencer 6-7 317 So. Delta, B.C.
C 54 Zack Williams 6-4 298 Sr. Pasadena, Calif.
57 Chris Prummer 6-2 263 Sr. Renton
RG 72 B.J. Guerra 6-3 315 Jr. Moses Lake
73 Andrew Roxas 6-2 303 Jr. Sun Valley, Calif.
RT 76 Micah Hannam 6-4 283 Sr. Gig Harbor
77 John Fullington 6-6 268 Fr. Belfair

Looks like a complete remake of the three starters from center to left tackle. It’s a lot to ask of two new JC players to help bring this group up to speed, but maybe not so much to simply get it to play better. Rookie Fullington looks like a future fixture.


No. Name Ht. Wt. Yr. Hometown
X 2 Daniel Blackledge 6-0 181 Sr. C. Springs, Colo.
86 Marquess Wilson 6-3 173 Fr. Tulare, Calif.
12 Jeffrey Solomon 6-0 200 Sr. Seattle
F 1 Gino Simone 6-0 187 So. Sammamish
12 Jeffrey Solomon 6-0 200 Sr. Seattle
Z 84 Jared Karstetter 6-4 208 Jr. Spokane
81 Isiah Barton 6-1 190 Jr. Westchester, Cal.
TE 40 Skylar Stormo 6-5 250 So. Everett
87 Andrei Lintz 6-5 247 So. Bellingham
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Just four scholarship returnees among the wide receivers, but WSU is excited about the newcomers, especially Wilson. JC transfer Isiah Barton also figures to be a factor. Big question is how much Cougars can stretch the field. Tight ends are largely an unknown.

Quarterback/Running backs

No. Name Ht. Wt. Yr. Hometown
QB 10 Jeff Tuel 6-3 214 So. Fresno, Calif.
9 Marshall Lobbestael 6-3 210 Jr. Oak Harbor
RB 31 James Montgomery 5-10 200 Sr. R. Cordova, Calif.
22 Chantz Staden 5-10 205 Sr. Campbell, Calif.

Tuel should continue to progress if given time, while Lobbestael must rebound from mediocre 2009 showing coming off knee surgery. Montgomery should be steady at running back, but Cougars don’t have a game-breaker there unless it’s 5-8, 162-pound freshman Rickey Galvin.


No. Name Ht. Wt. Yr. Hometown
K 18 Nico Grasu 6-1 235 Sr. Encino, Calif.
49 Andrew Furney 5-10 217 Fr. Burlington
P 8 Reid Forrest 6-1 181 Sr. Ephrata
6 Dan Wagner 6-0 211 Jr. Portland

Grasu, just 6 of 10 last year on field goals, must be better, and was in fact in danger of losing the job in camp to Furney. Forrest (43.2 average last year) is high quality. Cougars just need to use him a lot less than the 86 times he punted last year.

Defensive line

No. Name Ht. Wt. Yr. Hometown
LE 93 Kevin Kooyman 6-6 262 Sr. Maple Valley
96 Casey Hamlett 6-3 250 Sr. Edmonds
LT 95 Bernard Wolfgramm 6-3 285 Sr. San Mateo, Calif.
97 Justin Clayton 6-3 272 Fr. Napa, Calif.
RT 5 Brandon Rankin 6-5 281 Jr. Shallotte, N.C.
61 Anthony Laurenzi 6-3 278 So. Placentia, Calif.
RE 89 Travis Long 6-4 258 So. Spokane
59 Sekope Kaufusi 6-3 233 Fr. Palo Alto, Calif.

There’s a chance for this to be a representative group, at least among the starters. Rankin could be WSU’s best defender, Long is a standout in the making, and Kooyman is a veteran coming off a knee injury. It would be a major disappointment if Cougars aren’t significantly better here.


No. Name Ht. Wt. Yr. Hometown
SAM 13 Myron Beck 6-0 209 Sr. Seattle
54 Darren Markle 6-1 224 Fr. Meridian, Idaho
MIKE 44 Mike Ledgerwood 6-1 231 Jr. Kennewick
35 Hallston Higgins 5-11 210 Sr. Magnolia, Texas
WILL 17 Alex Hoffman-Ellis 6-1 241 Jr. Los Angeles
26 Arthur Burns 5-11 206 Fr. Corona, Calif.

Beck is undersized but has had an excellent fall camp, while Ledgerwood had a fine Apple Cup (career-high 14 tackles) and Hoffman-Ellis started nine times last year. It would help if Markle and touted freshman C.J. Mizell stepped up. Louis Bland, productive in the past, would be a big boost but might sit out rehabbing a troublesome knee.


No. Name Ht. Wt. Yr. Hometown
LCB 9 Aire Justin 5-11 163 Jr. Van Nuys, Calif.
4 Anthony Carpenter 6-0 190 Fr. Los Angeles
FS 33 Tyree Toomer 5-11 194 So. Bellflower, Calif.
15 LeAndre Daniels 6-2 206 So. San Leandro, Calif
SS 21 Chima Nwachukwu 5-11 200 Sr. Allen, Texas
47 Casey Locker 5-11 186 Fr. Ferndale
RCB 24 Daniel Simmons 5-10 187 So. Ontario, Calif.
29 Nolan Washington 5-11 180 Fr. Burien

This should be a speedier group. Simmons is a quality corner, and the three other starters all have some experience, with several freshmen pushing. A 67 percent opponent completion rate in ’09 would be trimmed with a better pass rush.

Bud Withers

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