PULLMAN — Standing at 6-5 and 280 pounds, Nooksack Valley football alum B.J. Salmonson is a physical specimen. He towers over people with his large frame, and his dominance in the Northwest Conference from 2008-2011 is still talked about in Whatcom County.
But the freshman Washington State University offensive lineman started spring practices a few weeks ago and quickly learned he’s not in the NWC anymore. The competition at the Pac-12 level is tough. Salmonson is no longer the biggest body on the field. As a matter of fact, he’s about an inch and 30 pounds smaller than the average lineman projected to start for WSU this year.
Going up against those bigger and faster athletes has certainly been an eye-opening experience, he said.