Originally posted on NorthWest Sports Beat  |  Last updated 7/18/13
WSU’s Backfield In 2012, Washington State‘s defense made some unexpected steps in the right direction while the offense struggled mightily. A weak O-Line combined with spotty QB play led to the team averaging just 20.4 points/game, ranking 108th in the nation and 11th in the conference. Looking forward, we mostly know what to expect out of the Cougars. The defense is experienced and should improve again, but not enough to make up for the expected offensive struggles. The problematic O-Line will remain, as will the shaky Connor Halliday. If neither of those parts have improved, the talented receiving corps won’t be able to shine. The outlook of the running back position, on the other hand, is murkier. The now graduated Carl Winston did more than a serviceable job over his career, but his departure leaves an inexperienced backfield. While the Cougs don’t run often (they finished dead last in rushing yards last season), the running backs are expected to be weapons in the passing game, ...
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