Ken Grandberry, who will almost surely become WSU's alltime rusher early in the season, will be at tailback again, "superphysical" Andrew Jones moves up to start at fullback, and the Cougars are set with lettermen receivers. The offensive line, built around Center Geoff Reece and Guard Steve Ostermann, is loaded with "the kind of players who pull the trigger for you."
The defense got a lot of rest last year, while the offense hung onto the ball, but it is broad where a defense should be broad, quick where it should be quick.
Sweeney's main problem could be to keep the new Cougars believing that they are still the new Cougars if things start to crumble a little. In the first five weeks Washington State gets three bowl teams—Arizona State, Ohio State and USC—and then UCLA and Stanford. If the Cougars do not hold together for those, the whole season could be superfluous.