Sixth in a nine-part series on 1999 Cougar Football.
Aug. 10, 1999
PULLMAN, Wash. - If consistency is a valuable commodity, Washington State's offensive line should be ready for the 1999 football season, especially on the right side.
You can't get much more consistent at right guard and tackle than WSU will be this fall, thanks to the play of identical twin monsters Reed (tackle) and Ryan (guard) Raymond. The twins from Moses Lake tip the scales at 300-plus pounds, stand 6-7 and 6-8 and even their teammates have a tough time telling them apart.
Reed Raymond started all 11 games last fall, while Ryan suffered a fall camp injury (broken right fibula) that kept him from challenging for a starting spot. Still, he came back to play in seven games.
Ryan Tujague will anchor the left side of WSU's line at tackle after starting 10 games a year ago at guard. He will be joined by guard Joe Criscione, who has two starts to his credit. In the middle, senior Lincoln Walden-Schulz enters fall camp number one at center, with veteran Mike Schwarz right behind him.
The addition of four heavy-duty redshirt freshmen and one junior college transfer will strengthen the Cougar line. Garviea Freeny, out of Long Beach CC, will make his appearance when fall camp and with his two years of JC background, he could be a valuable addition.
"I think we will be a little better than last year because our starters have a little more experience than we started with last year, offers head coach Mike Price. "Now they have to prove it."
NOTES: Five former Cougar offensive linemen are currently on NFL and CFL rosters, Brian Chiu (Montreal), Jason McEndoo (Seattle), Scott Sanderson (Tennessee), Robbie Tobeck (Atlanta) and Rob Rainville (Oakland)...the cougar roster includes three sets of identical twins - Reed and Ryan Raymond, plus walk-ons Brandon and Ryan Pickering (linebackers) and Blake and Matt Klingeman (offensive linemen).
PRICE ON OFFENSIVE LINE: "Ryan Tujague is probably our best offensive lineman, a player similar to Scott Sanderson (now with the Oilers). Two key players are Lincoln Walden-Schulz and Joe Criscione, two junior college transfers who have redshirted and played a year, so they have the experience. Ryan Raymond is ready to join his twin brother Reed after having an excellent spring. Reed started all 11 games last year and Tujague had 10 starts, while Walden-Schulz took over at center last year for the final four games. When you throw Mike Schwarz in there as a backup at either center or guard, Erik Larson at guard, and some very talented but young players, it gives us good depth. Phil Locker, Tyler Hunt, Derrick Roche and Jason Hughes are four very good redshirt freshmen who will be outstanding linemen during the next four years. I think we will be a little better than last year because our starters have a little more experience than we started with last year. Now they have to prove it."
THE FACTS - O-LINE
LETTERWINNERS RETURNING (7): Joe Criscione, 1V, RS-Sr.; Erik Larson, 1V, Jr.; Reed Raymond, 2V, RS-Jr.; Ryan Raymond, 1V, RS-Jr.; Mike Schwarz, 1V, RS-Sr.; Ryan Tujague, 1V, RS-Sr.; Lincoln Walden-Schulz, 1V, RS-Sr.
NON-LETTERWINNERS RETURNING (4): Jason Hughes, RS-Fr.; Tyler Hunt, RS-Fr.; Phil Locker III, RS-Fr.; Derrick Roche, RS-Fr.
TRANSFERS (1): Garviea Freeny, TR-Jr.
IMPACT NEWCOMERS (5): OG Garviea Freeny, TR-Jr.; OG Derrick Roche, RS-Fr.; OT Phil Locker, RS-Fr.; OT Jason Hughes, RS-Fr.; C Tyler Hunt, RS-Fr.
STARTERS RETURNING (3): OG Ryan Tujague, Sr.; C Lincoln Walden-Schulz, Sr.; OT Reed Raymond, Jr.
BACKUPS RETURNING (3): C Mike Schwarz, Sr.; OT Joe Criscione, Sr.; OG Ryan Raymond, Jr.
STARTERS LOST (2): OT Rob Rainville, OG Mike Sage.
EXPECTED STARTERS: LT Ryan Tujague, Sr.; LG Joe Criscione, Sr.; C Lincoln Walden-Schulz, Sr.; RG Ryan Raymond, Jr.; RT Reed Raymond, Jr.