WSU made a couple of tweaks to its depth chart for the Idaho game. Also, Alex Grinch will call the defense from the sidelines going forward

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Washington State coach Mike Leach said Monday that there might be some lineup changes as he tries to shake things up and jolt his players into becoming tougher and cultivate a winning mentality.

True enough, there are some changes in the depth chart the Cougars just released for the Idaho game.

Junior running back Gerard Wicks began the season listed as a co-starter alongside Jamal Morrow. But after Wicks tallied nine rushing yards on two carries against Boise State, redshirt freshman James Williams has passed him on the depth chart.

Williams, a 5-foot-11, 199-pounder from Burbank, Calif., impressed the coaches this offseason, and had four carries for 10 rushing yards in Boise. He’s also in the mix to return kickoffs for the Cougs, though, Tavares Martin and Robert Taylor have mostly filled that role so far this season.

True freshman Marcus Strong is now listed as Darrien Molton’s backup at left cornerback, while Marcellus Pippins and Treshon Broughton continue to battle for the right cornerback spot. Broughton started against Eastern Washington, but Pippins got the start last week against Boise State.

Junior Robert Taylor will back up Shalom Luani at free safety.

Grinch to coach from sidelines down the road

Defensive coordinator Alex Grinch coached the Boise State game from the sidelines instead of his usual spot in the press box, and the defense made marked improvement against the Broncos.

As a result, the Spokesman-Review reports that Grinch will continue to call the defense from the sidelines.

Senior nickelback Parker Henry said Monday that having Grinch on the sidelines helped to bolster the defense.

“It was nice. He brings his intensity and his perspective, and especially being a defensive back, he can give you some poointers face-to-face that you can pick up on a little btter than when he was in the box,” Henry said.