Strength in numbers: Cougs stacked at receiver in 2014


by KREM 2 Sports

Posted on August 20, 2014 at 7:40 PM

They are fast. They are physical.

"We have our outside burners, we got our big men," WSU receiver River Cracraft said.

Sure handed, self assured.

"We're all balanced. We can do it all," adds WSU wideout Vince Mayle.

There is variety.

"Everybody has their own particular skillset they bring to the table," fellow wideout Kristoff Williams said.

And there is strength in numbers.

"We got eight guys that could be playing anywhere in the Pac-12," says quarterback Connor Halliday.

Washington State's receiving corps is stacked. A talented set of toys for Halliday and Mike Leach.

"They're just a better group," Leach says. "A lot of them are the same guys, but they've got a season under their belt at least."

And in Leach's Air Raid attack they pose a daunting challenge to opposing defenses.

"We have three different types of receivers on one side and three different type on another side," Cougs wideout Isiah Myers said. "When we play a team they don't know what to cover and how to play us."

But before gameday, they are the ones on high alert. Even in an offense that uses pass catchers in mass, there are only so many footballs to go around.

"You can always be beat out day by day it's a battle," Cracraft said.

"It makes us play a lot better," Myers added. "It gives us more opportunities to make plays just because the extra effort we want to put in to get that starting spot."

"That's just the power of competition," receiver Calvin Green said.

It brings out the best. And when it comes to this group's skillset, the best is always up for debate. But there is one thing they probably can all agree on.

"It's the best offense to be in," Green added.