Washington State Football: Cougars Shifting Positions, Learning Schemes

July 24, 2012; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Washington State Cougars head coach Mike Leach talks to the media at PAC-12 Media Day at Universal Studios Hollywood. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-US PRESSWIRE

Expect a lot of whip-around coverage during fall camp for the Pac-12; just too much material to break down all at once and other sites cover their teams better. Many links to come.

While the Mike Leach era is in full swing in Pullman, there's a lot of new adjustments to be made for the new Washington State Cougars. The Airraid might get learned in a day, but the players might take a lot longer to acclimate to the system. There's a reason Washington State is two touchdown underdogs opening week at BYU; they have a lot to learn and a lot further to improve as a group.

Still, the adjusting figures to be the fun part for Wazzu. Here are the fun notes from the last few days.

The coaching staff expects a lot out of Marquess Wilson:

"It was more my integrity of wanting to come out there and play and seeing I was letting my team down," Wilson said. "That just made me come to the realization that I needed to work harder for them, because I know they're going to work hard for me, so that's what's been pushing me this fall camp.

Brian Floyd of CougCenter (who wrote the tempering expectations posts above) goes onto explain why Rahmel Dockery makes the move from wide receiver to cornerback.

It was unlikely Dockery was going to crack the rotation at receiver this season. He was never able to crack the two-deep during the spring, and didn't even get particularly close. Most of the time, he was working with what basically amounted to the scout team during 11-on-11 and 7-on-7.

More importantly, corner is a more natural fit for Dockery. He's good at it, and has the speed and coverage skills to provide a boost to the secondary. Couple that with the obvious depth issues at corner, and it's easy to see why Dockery is getting some work there.

Wade Jacobson has struggled with injuries, although he appears to be ok again.

It's also pretty hot in Pullman! Floyd reports on some young talented individuals who could get early run.

Brett Bartolone and Gabe Marks are probably going to play. In fact, I'm almost positive they will in one form or another. Marks is getting a ton of looks at the outside receiver spot opposite Marquess Wilson and Bartolone is working out of the slot in the Elf spot. They both spent a ton of time on the field with the first and second units, and they both performed well.

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