Is Washington St ready to roll under Leach?
Posted Apr 16, 2012

From the Scout publishers, here's the inside info on the key questions this spring.

Spring 2012 - Key Questions

Washington State

What's happening this spring season? Several FSN publishers provide their insider info on the key questions that matter to the real world of college football. Scroll down for the links to all the spring questions.

Q: Are the pieces in place for Mike Leach to do what he wants right away?

From Barry Bolton, … For the most part, yes, they are. There's still a decided need for depth on the offensive line, and the Cougars want to improve their play and numbers at linebacker and cornerback, but WSU is a young team trending up. They were trending up the past two years as well but at a slower pace. The addition of Leach has ratcheted up that pace considerably.

With the buzz around the program now, is there really a night-and-day attitude difference?

I'm not sure if it's a night-and-day attitude change, maybe a night-and-different-shade-of-night attitude change. Certainly, the players are very high on Leach and what they're doing, and they're big on the changes made.

The coaching staff has said virtually nothing about last year. It's in the rear view mirror for them, and they've already gone around the curve. It's a new era out at Washington State. And the staff, when it comes to the football season itself, has said they're not focusing on the immediate past or the long-term future. They're thinking pretty much only of 2012 and the only care about winning games now and going bowling.

What's the biggest insider storyline from this spring that the average fan should know about?

It's impossible to pick just one storyline this spring, but the implementation of the offense is a good place to start. New coaches, new offenses, and they got in around 35 percent of the offense in during the spring. Leach had his entire offense installed in four days. Naturally, they'll need to drill it over and over to get to a proficient enough level and commensurate with Leach's expectations … but four days for an entire offense? That shows the beauty of Leach's Air Raid. It's simple, yet still deadly effective. Ten bowl games in ten years at Tech proved that.

- Is Florida's offense going to be any better?
- Will Utah's O roll with Jordan Wynn back?
- Is Washington State ready to roll under Mike Leach?
- Will Texas Tech be looking for a new coach?

- Is Texas A&M's O going to go Houston?
- Coaching aside, what's missing at Arkansas?
- Does North Carolina have any talent left?
- Is Oregon a true national title contender?
- Is the Marshall O going to be better?

- Really, who is Notre Dame's best QB option?
- What does Michigan have to do to beat Bama?
- How have things changed at Arizona State?
- Is BYU motivated as an independent?
- Does the Oklahoma D have a new attitude?
- Is Southern Miss starting from scratch?
- Is anything improving at Duke?
- Is Cal's Jeff Tedford on any real hot seat?
- Does Wisconsin have a receiving corps?
- Is SMU RB Zach Line back and healthy?
- What's Changing At ASU Under Gus Malzahn?

- Is The Nevin Shapiro Case Affecting Miami?
- How Is UCLA Different So Far Under Jim Mora?
- Will Florida State Finally Turn The Corner?
- Will Rutgers Be Better Without Greg Schiano?
- Will The Alabama Defense Be As Good As 2011?
- Can Boise State Go On Without Kellen Moore?
- Who Are Northwestern's New Offensive Weapons?
- Is Clemson Over The Orange Bowl Disaster?
- Who's The Next Great Illinois D Lineman?
- What's Changing At ASU Under Gus Malzahn?