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Monday, June 4, 2012
Strongest position group: Washington State

By Kevin Gemmell

Every team has a strength -- that one position group that can make a play on offense or make a big stop on defense when needed.

Based on what happened this spring, we're going to look at the strongest position group for each school. It could be on either side of the ball -- and it could be subject to change after fall camp gets into full swing.

We're going in reverse alphabetical order.

Washington State

Strongest position group: Wide receivers

Headliner: Marquess Wilson (82 catches, 1,388 yards, 12 touchdowns).

Supporting cast: Andrei Lintz (7/96/1), Bobby Ratliff (28/348/1), Kristoff Williams (9/134/2), Gino Simone (4/69/0) and Dominique Williams (RS).

The skinny: Wilson is an elite wide receiver among a conference of elite wide receivers. He showed what he's capable of in a Mike Leach offense during the spring game. And it's scary good. The pecking order was fairly clear last season with Jared Karstetter and Isiah Barton behind Wilson. There is more depth this year, though what impact and in what order is still up in the air.

Lintz exploded onto the scene this spring as a tight-end-turned-big-wide receiver and showed great chemistry with quarterback Jeff Tuel. Ratliff, Williams, Simone and Dominique Williams should all see quality field time -- especially because of Leach's pass-first mentality.

The new coach in Pullman has produced some big-time wide receivers and their year's crop -- Wilson in particular -- should flourish.