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Washington State senior S Shalom Luani was arrested and charged with second-degree felony assault early Wednesday morning.

Per the Pullman Police Department, Luani allegedly broke the nose of a patron at Dominos during an altercation on Tuesday night/Wednesday morning. The 6-foot-1, 200-pounder was a key piece in Washington State's defense last season. He started all 13 games and recorded 90 tackles (3.0 for loss) while intercepting four passes. Potential punishment from HC Mike Leach and the Cougars has yet to be publicly announced.
Source: ESPN.com
Aug 24 - 1:40 PM

Washington State senior WR Gabe Marks (leg) was a full-participant in practice on Thursday.

Marks suffered a leg injury of some variety about 10 days ago, with the Seattle Times' Stefanie Loh relaying that he got tangled up with a corner in a drill and lay on the field for several minutes while being attended to by the training staff. HC Mike Leach wouldn't divulge the nature of the 6-foot, 176-pounder's ailment at the time, but regardless, Marks is back participating in camp at full tilt, now. "It’s good to be practicing," he said. "It’s good to be practicing and getting back out there." He is an elite fantasy option when healthy.
Aug 19 - 1:56 PM

Washington State senior WR Gabe Marks left Monday's practice due to an apparent leg injury.

Marks was injured during a passing drill while squaring off with one of Wazzu's corners. Per the Seattle Times' Stefanie Loh, the 6-foot, 176-pounder "lay on the field for a few minutes, then was helped up by the trainers. With a trainer on each side of him, he hobbled off the field and up to the medical tent." HC Mike Leach has a policy not to comment on injuries and played to his part of coaching jester when asked, saying, "He’s doing perfect, 100 percent healthy and he couldn’t be happier. He’s happy as a kid with a new bike." The clarity is always appreciated, Coach.
Aug 9 - 2:02 PM

NFL.com's Lance Zierlein perceives Washington State redshirt junior QB Luke Falk "as a future NFL starter."

Like many Mike Leach quarterbacks before him, Falk has been sorted into the "system quarterback" category, perhaps a bit prematurely. Zierlein specifically praised Falk's "combination of size, compact release and pocket poise." The 6-foot-4, 208-pound redshirt junior threw for 4,561 yards and a 38/8 TD/INT ratio last season. "Falk will stand in and take the hit to deliver a strike, and he has mobility outside the pocket as well," Zierlein wrote.
Source: NFL.com
Aug 4 - 8:34 PM

Washington State received a verbal commitment from four-star 2017 WR Anthony White.

"It was just Coach Leach," White explained. "He was really interested in me. And the receiver coach is a great dude. He had two guys with over 1,00 yards last year. It was system and the pace. I fit well in that system." While White plays his high school ball at Miami Central, the 6-foot-1, 160-pounder isn't particularly concerned that the cross-country trip to Pullman, Washington, might leave him feeling homesick. "I’ve been exposed to different parts of the world and different parts of the country," he said. "I really just love the offensive system, though. It makes you successful to go through that system." White ranks as Rivals' No. 55 receiving prospect for the 2017 cycle.
Source: Rivals
Aug 2 - 1:33 PM

Washington State redshirt sophomore WR Kyrin Priester will transfer.

Priester will head on to his third collegiate team. He was a three-star recruit in the 2013 class, but spent that year at Fork Union Military Academy before linking up with the Tigers in 2014. HC Dabo Swinney dismissed the 6-foot-1, 190-pounder after the first week due to an attitude problem. He transferred to Washington State in November, but according to Rivals, the Cougars suspended him last month. Priester's future landing spot isn't yet known.
Source: Scout.com
Aug 1 - 3:34 PM

Pullman police department commander Chris Tennant told ESPN that "a handful" of Washington football players might be interviewed this week in relation to a fight at a party.

At this time, no arrests have been made, nor any charges filed. Those could still come as the authorities sort out a violent incident that occurred at an off-campus party near the end of July. According to witnesses, four or five players showed up at the party and began lighting fireworks and throwing them at people. When confronted and asked to leave, punches were thrown. One victim was reported to have suffered a broken jaw and forced to undergo reconstructive facial surgery due to the attack. According to a Pullman police department spokesman, it will be several weeks before any potential charges are brought. Washington State opens preseason camp on August 6.
Source: ESPN.com
Aug 1 - 12:57 PM

"Several" Washington State football players are being blamed for a "brutal assault" at a party that left one student hospitalized and another unconscious.

One man needed facial reconstruction surgery. Video of the fight was shared on social media, and police are currently investigating. Witnesses provided a list of football players to authorities, but no names have been released at this time. Plenty of information should follow in the coming days.
Jul 25 - 10:10 AM

Washington State senior WR Gabe Marks called redshirt junior QB Luke Falk the "messiah of the Palouse" and the "CEO of Washington State football."

"Leach gets a lot of the credit — and he should, because he's Mike Leach," Marks said, before adding, "Luke is the reason why this started working. Without a quarterback that people will follow as a leader, you can't win." Part of the reason he respects Falk is that the gunslinger "relates to everybody." Washington State is looking to build off a surprise 9-4 campaign, one in which Falk immolated the competition to the tune of 4,561 passing yards and a 38/8 TD/INT ratio. They will kick off the 2016 season against Eastern Washington on September 3.
Jul 18 - 2:24 PM

Washington State senior WR Gabe Marks indicated that he will take on an expanded leadership role in 2016.

Marks relayed that departed wideout Dom Williams had previously served as one of the team's most vocal leaders. He wants to fill that role, now. The 6-foot, 176-pounder has at least one strong card already in his leadership deck. Following the close of the 2015 season, Marks could have jumped for the draft. Instead, he opted to return to Pullman in the hopes that he and his Cougar friends could improve on a surprise nine-win season. Said HC Mike Leach, "He’s a guy [who is] very passionate about football. The other players draw from that. The way that his energy reaches the rest of our team I thought was maybe the biggest thing." Last season, Marks logged an impressive 104-1192-15 receiving line. There is even room to improve on those lofty numbers with Williams (75-1040-11) out of the picture.
Source: USA Today
Jul 15 - 3:29 PM

When asked why Mike Leach's offense is so difficult to defense, a Pac-12 defensive coach said it's because "there's a lot of answers built into the system and built into each play."

"When you take one thing away, there's something else that's there, and their quarterback is able to recognize that and go to it," he said. "When they go to a second or third choice, the guy makes the play and then he gets some extra yards." In addition to the aerial pyrotechnics, Wazzu averaged 80.1 rushing yards per game last season, nearly three times what they averaged in Leach's first year in the Pac-12.
Source: ESPN
Jun 29 - 4:20 PM

Washington State four-star 2017 WR Isaiah Hodgins was not swayed by an offer from Oregon.

"I take everyone seriously but I am still fully committed to Washington State," Hodgins told Rivals. "The [Oregon] offer is a good one that I truly appreciate and I’m thankful for." One sign of the strength of his commitment -- the 6-foot-3, 187-pounder does not plan on making an official visit to any school other than Washington State. ESPN 300 calls Hodgins a "run and catch guy," but notes that he lacks a true second gear and will need to improve his physicality and blocking at the collegiate level.
Source: Rivals
Jun 27 - 12:43 PM

An anonymous Pac-12 offensive coach compared Washington State's defense under Alex Grinch to Washington's.

The Cougars improved from 38.6 ppg allowed in 2014 to just 27.7 last year in Grinch's first year as defensive coordinator. Meanwhile, the school's touchdown passes allowed fell from 33 to 13. "[They're] similar to Washington, where they made you earn every yard," the coach said. "The biggest difference I noticed is that they did a much better job of not giving up the big play."
Source: ESPN
Jun 24 - 4:54 PM

Washington State redshirt junior QB Luke Falk's decision-making was lauded by an anonymous Pac-12 offensive coach.

"He's in a great system where they put a lot of stuff on the quarterback," the coach said. "They give him a lot of decisions at the line of scrimmage. He does a great job of understanding defenses and where to go with the ball. I think he's talented. But the mental aspect -- that has made him such a good player." Falk threw for 4,561 yards and a 38/8 TD/INT ratio last season.
Jun 23 - 5:19 PM

Pro Football Focus' Jeff Dooley expects Washington State redshirt junior QB Luke Falk to play even better this fall than he did during a prolific 2015.

Considering that Falk threw for 4,561 yards and a 38/8 TD/INT ratio last season, that's quite an endorsement. Falk wasn't just accruing inflated stats in Mike Leach's pass-happy scheme. He earned PFF's 12th-highest passing grade among returning quarterbacks and the No. 1 adjusted completion percentage overall and when under pressure. PFF grades Falk out best on throws 10 or more yards downfield. Get excited Pullman.
Jun 20 - 4:40 PM


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