SEATTLE — It appears Daquawn Brown might be playing a lot more at cornerback for Washington State. His teammates don’t think Brown will be intimidated.
“I expect him to put on a show for you guys,” said WSU linebacker Darryl Monroe during a Monday teleconference. “I expect frustration on Marqise Lee’s part. He’s going to be in his face the whole game and he’s not going to stop.”
Brown is an animated freshman from Los Angeles Dorsey High going home to play USC on Saturday night. WSU coach Mike Leach says he was on the cusp of a starting spot entering a 31-24 defeat Saturday at Auburn.
Now Brown could be playing a lot more. Nolan Washington, WSU’s fifth-year senior corner from Kennedy High, left the game with an undetermined injury — WSU doesn’t disclose the nature of injuries — and was being consoled by teammates.
“I also feel bad for Marqise Lee,” said WSU linebacker Justin Sagote, referring to the pressure Brown could put on the USC star.
“He’s really hungry to play and he plays hard,” Leach added of Brown. “The one thing that’s helped him is, he’s fearless. Daquawn Brown is not afraid of anything.”
Quarterback Connor Halliday made a fairly stunning check at the line in a do-or-die, fourth-and-5 play Saturday, changing a called pass to a run for Teondray Caldwell that went for 13 yards.
“They lined up in a five-man box,” said Halliday. “I mean, if you can’t run the ball (against) a five-man box ... I kind of rolled the dice there and put my faith in Teondray and the boys up front got it done.”
Halliday said offensive-line coach Clay McGuire, who played and coached for Leach at Texas Tech, “said he’d never seen a run like over fourth-and-two.”
• WSU hasn’t played USC since 2010, when it lost 50-16 at home. Said Halliday, “To be frank with you, we actually have a decent amount of Pac-12 talent. That team in 2010, half those kids wouldn’t have started for a good high school football team.”
• WR Vince Mayle saw limited snaps but Leach said he’s not an “odd man out. He needs to get better catching the ball over his shoulder.”