Defending the impossible
It has to drive opposing defensive coordinators nuts because there aren’t any individual receivers defenses should double team and take away from Minshew. The quarterback can go to one of several other options. Watching him go through his receiver progressions in the pocket is a study on how the position should be played. Additionally, defenses couldn’t double if they wanted to because Washington State likes to spread out their formations.
The answer for defenses isn’t playing zone either. First, Minshew is very good at finding seems and as they have shown all season, the receivers are good at being patient in open space. Next, there are so many variations in the offense that it would be easy for WSU to flood the zones creating a numbers advantage.
As mentioned before, there are still the running backs who can turn a delayed dump off into big gains. That is if Wazzu doesn’t hand off to one of their two backs, who are collectively averaging 4.54 yards-per-carry.
The point is Washington State can beat teams from any offensive skill position on the field. Minshew has been adept at finding receivers who can win their individual one-on-one matchups. It doesn’t even need to be a player already mentioned here. Wazzu also has Kyle Sweet, Travell Harris, and Calvin Jackson Jr. available.
Leach’s offense hasn’t produced a star player, it’s produced many. Each week any of the skill position players could be an offensive hero.