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Cougars developing quality depth at receiver

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Washington State has a healthy supply of receivers to go with an experienced quarterback this year. (Photo: SWX) Washington State has a healthy supply of receivers to go with an experienced quarterback this year. (Photo: SWX)

Vince Grippi The Spokesman-Review

PULLMAN – Mike Levenseller has said it before. And he'll say it again before he calls it quits as a receiver coach.

There is depth and then there is quality depth.

This season, Washington State has depth at the receiving position.

And, Levenseller believes, the next step is just down the field.

"Having quality depth is what we are developing," Levenseller said Sunday. "We have talented depth right now, guys that can play. But to develop the quality of route-running and making plays, we have to be consistent.

"(Quarterback) Jeff (Tuel) has to know when he delivers the ball, we're going to make the plays."

He does.

"You saw it today," Tuel said earlier this week. "I literally walk over and say thank you to Marquess (Wilson). He's running wide open across the middle and I throw it high. It comes out of my hand and I'm just clinching. I'm like, ‘Ah (crud).'

"And then he jumps up, catches and runs for, whatever, a 50-yard touchdown. You can't coach that, you can't teach that, that's just something you wake up with every day, as they like to say. Our receivers wake up with that every day."

But it is Levenseller's job to coach and teach consistency. As spectacular as Wilson was as a freshman – 55 catches (a WSU freshman record) for 1,006 yards (ditto) and six touchdowns – there is room for improvement.

 

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